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:
Carrasco's velocity dropped a bit as the outing progressed. No info from the team yet. pic.twitter.com/AslxF0TqU6— T.J. Zuppe (@TJZuppe) May 15, 2017
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.”
Indians: Carrasco left with left pectoral tightness. Almonte left with right biceps strain.— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) May 16, 2017
The good news is that Carrasco is a righty, but the bad news is he’s injured. It could be worse, I guess?