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Carrasco sees first game action since surgery

MINNEAPOLIS -- Carlos Carrasco threw in a game on Wednesday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery last September. Carrasco threw a perfect inning for Double-A Akron, striking out one batter.

He went 8-9 with a 4.62 ERA over 21 starts for Cleveland in 2011 before injuring his elbow on Aug. 3, but he shined in June with a 0.98 ERA in five starts.

"He threw the ball very well, mid-to-high 90s," Indians manager Manny Acta said of Carrasco's first rehab outing.

That velocity would indicate an increase for Carrasco, whose fastball averaged 92.8 miles per hour from 2009-2011 according to FanGraphs.com. But Acta noted that he hit those speeds in only one inning of work and wasn't pitching a full game.

"A lot of those guys, they sometimes come back stronger from that surgery," Acta said.

MINNEAPOLIS -- Carlos Carrasco threw in a game on Wednesday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery last September. Carrasco threw a perfect inning for Double-A Akron, striking out one batter.

He went 8-9 with a 4.62 ERA over 21 starts for Cleveland in 2011 before injuring his elbow on Aug. 3, but he shined in June with a 0.98 ERA in five starts.

"He threw the ball very well, mid-to-high 90s," Indians manager Manny Acta said of Carrasco's first rehab outing.

That velocity would indicate an increase for Carrasco, whose fastball averaged 92.8 miles per hour from 2009-2011 according to FanGraphs.com. But Acta noted that he hit those speeds in only one inning of work and wasn't pitching a full game.

"A lot of those guys, they sometimes come back stronger from that surgery," Acta said.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.