One day after taking a line drive off of his right elbow, the Cleveland Indians formally placed Carlos Carrasco on the 10-day disabled list on Sunday morning. It would not be the only roster move of the day for the Tribe, as the club also placed reliever Tyler Olson on the disabled list with a left latissimus dorsi strain.
Carrasco left his start on Saturday in the second inning after being struck by a line drive off of the bat of Joe Mauer. He immediately left the game with a noticeable welt on his arm and in clear pain. He was examined at the hospital following the injury, where x-rays determined the injury was more to the elbow than his forearm. He is expected to be evaluated further on Monday morning.
“He’ll get a scan tomorrow, and then we hope to know exactly what’s going on in there or what isn’t going on,” said manager Terry Francona prior to Sunday’s game. “But for the next two days, he’d be treated the same anyways.”
Carrasco is familiar with having line drives hit back in his general direction on the mound – it was the third different time during his Major League career that he has had to leave a start after being struck by a comebacker. He did not miss time after the first incident, when he was hit by a liner on the right side of his face against the Chicago White Sox in 2015, but his season came to a premature close in September of 2016 when he was hit on the pitching hand by a liner against Detroit.
The right-hander took the loss on Saturday, dropping his season numbers through 15 starts to 8-5 with a 4.24 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP.
Bieber will jump into the rotation in the spot of Adam Plutko, who will presumably slot into Carrasco’s turn the next time through after entering in relief late in Saturday’s game. The 23-year-old Bieber has made one start this season, lasting five and two-thirds innings against Minnesota in a no-decision on May 31. He struck out six, walked one, and allowed four runs on eight hits in his debut.
The right-hander was 6-1 in 12 starts in the minors for Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus so far this season with a 1.29 ERA and a 0.77 WHIP. He was the Indians’ fourth round pick in the 2016 draft out of UC Santa Barbara.
Olson appeared in the first two games of the series with the Twins and gave up runs in both appearances. He allowed one on two hits in just one-third of an inning on Friday night, then gave up two more runs on two hits and a walk with one strikeout in another one-third of an inning on Saturday afternoon.
The 28-year-old left-hander has worked in 17 1/3 innings over 28 games this season, posting a 1-1 record with a 7.27 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP, striking out 23 and walking eight.
Marshall will join the Indians for the third different time this season. He was most recently optioned to Columbus on June 11 when Cleveland brought up Francisco Mejia for temporary catching insurance while Roberto Perez was banged up after a hit by pitch.
Marshall, 28, has been nearly lights out for the Clippers this season in eleven games of work, posting a 1-0 record with a 0.66 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP in 13 2/3 innings with eleven strikeouts and just one walk this year. He has appeared in nine games for Cleveland this season, contributing a 6.75 ERA and a 2.10 WHIP. After back-to-back rough outings in May, he has worked four scoreless appearances for the Tribe, giving up four hits and a walk while striking out six over four innings.
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