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Carlos Carrasco exits start early with left pectoral tightness

The good news? It’s not his throwing arm.

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Carlos Carrasco exited tonight’s start against the Tampa Bay Rays after just 3.2 innings. Normally, for a pitcher like Carrasco, that would mean an injury. Surely he’s good enough to last at least four innings in a start? Well, he wasn’t, but it turns out to indeed be because of an injury.

Carrasco exited after allowing five runs off six hits with six strikeouts and three walks. Not a typical Carrasco start, and his velocity points to something concerning, as noted by TJ Zuppe of The Athletic:

Nothing appeared to happen, on the surface, but Carrasco did leave the game with a trainer after a mound visit. It was later revealed to be “left pectoral tightness.”

The good news is that Carrasco is a righty, but the bad news is he’s injured. It could be worse, I guess?