Carrasco Activated from DL, Kontos Designated to Make Room
Bob Toth | On 06, Jul 2018
As expected, the Cleveland Indians activated starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco from the 10-day disabled list on Friday to make the start against the Oakland Athletics. In a corresponding roster move, the team has designated right-handed reliever George Kontos for assignment.
Carrasco had been on the disabled list after being struck in his right arm by a line drive in his June 16 start against the Minnesota Twins. In his second inning of work, he was struck by a line drive off of the bat of Joe Mauer and left the game in pain with what was diagnosed as a right elbow contusion. It marked the third different time in his career that he had been hit by a liner while on the mound.
The 31-year-old made one rehab start with the Double-A Akron RubberDucks last week, working four scoreless innings. He gave up one hit and one walk, hit one batter, and struck out four in his short start.
He has pitched with mixed results this season while working as the Indians’ number two starter in the rotation. He has posted a 8-5 record in 15 starts with a pair of complete games, earning a 4.24 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP with 96 strikeouts in 91 1/3 innings of work.
As for Kontos, this is the second time this season that he has been designated for assignment. The 33-year-old began his eighth big league season and his second year in Pittsburgh in the Pirates bullpen, but was cut loose after going 2-3 with a 5.03 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP in 21 relief appearances for the club. Five days after his release by the Pirates, he signed with the Indians.
He worked briefly in the minors for Cleveland with the Triple-A Columbus Clippers, earning a pair of wins in six scoreless appearances (seven and two-thirds innings) while allowing seven hits and no walks and striking out six.
His contract was purchased by the Tribe on June 19, when the club placed right-hander Evan Marshall on the disabled list just two days after recalling him from the Clippers.
He made six appearances out of the Indians bullpen after his call-up, working primarily in the final innings of blowouts. He walked a pair but struck out three in his first game with the club on June 20 and fired a scoreless inning on June 22. He allowed a run on two hits in an inning against the familiar St. Louis Cardinals on June 25 and worked the next day, striking out a batter but giving up a solo home run in the 11-2 loss to the Cards. He faced one batter against Oakland on June 30, retiring him on a ground ball, then worked again on July 2 against the Kansas City Royals, pitching a perfect inning with nine of eleven pitches crossing for strikes.
Kontos was a fifth round pick by the New York Yankees out of Northwestern. He was a Rule 5 pick by the San Diego Padres in 2010 but was returned to the Yankees. In addition to his time with the Pirates, he spent the bulk of his career in the San Francisco Giants bullpen, working in 300 games over parts of six different seasons.
The Indians will have the next week to place Kontos on waivers, trade him, or grant him his outright release.
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