Cleveland Indians starter Carlos Carrasco has officially been scratched from Wednesday’s start against Milwaukee Brewers. Cody Anderson, who is coming back from a stint on the disabled list, will be making a start in place of Carrasco.
The injury does not appear to be serious, but Carrasco was "just a little bit more sore than normal" after his last start, according to manager Terry Francona. Following a clean MRI today on Carrasco’s throwing shoulder, the Tribe are being cautious with their excellent starter and he could require a short disabled list trip, based on an evaluation coming later tonight. If he receives a cortisone shot, he will be on the DL for at least a few days, otherwise he could be back in time for his next scheduled start.
Carrasco has been phenomenal this year, throwing for a 3.53 ERA with 9.85 strikeouts per nine innings and a career-best 1.82 walks per nine. He was also one out away from a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays back on July 1.
Carrasco’s replacement, Cody Anderson, was hit-or-miss in his eight starts with the big league club this year. He allowed a combined three runs in his first four starts but allowed 20 in his final four. He was placed on the 15-day DL with an oblique injury following a 2.2 inning, six earned run outing against the Minnesota Twins on August 7.
Given the very low chances of the Indians making the playoffs, being cautious with their star pitcher seems like the right move. He is under team control for another five years to a very reasonable team contract (one thing that made him a valuable trade target before the deadline) and could be a building block going forward.