Indians' Carrasco to DL with sore shoulder
Right-hander expected to only need minimum stay on disabled list
CLEVELAND -- Tribe starter Carlos Carrasco felt elevated shoulder soreness after his most recent start in New York -- a gem against the Yankees in which he struck out 11 and allowed one earned run in 6 2/3 innings. After Tuesday's 11-6 win over the Brewers, the Indians placed him on the 15-day disabled list.
Carrasco had a clean MRI on Tuesday afternoon, but he was scratched from his scheduled Wednesday start at Progressive Field before receiving a cortisone shot and being placed on the DL. Instead, it will be Cody Anderson who takes the mound for the Indians, opposing Jimmy Nelson and the Brewers.
The Indians said they expect Carrasco to require just the minimum stay on the DL.
"Watching him throw his bullpen yesterday, he's OK, he's just a little bit stiff after," Indians manager Terry Francona said before Tuesday's game. "I was glad they did the MRI. Sometimes when you give MRIs to pitchers, you have to be careful because anybody that's thrown a baseball can have something wrong in there. But his was very clean. We were thrilled."
Anderson's start will be his first since Aug. 7, an abbreviated outing at home against the Twins in which he allowed six earned runs in just 2 2/3 innings. Anderson strained his oblique during the outing, forcing him out of the game and onto the DL.
"I was trying to rear back and throw it even harder," Anderson said. "That's when I felt it and just kind of became ineffective after that.
"It's just really hard to pitch with that. It's kind of like the backbone of pitching, your side, driving to the plate. It just wouldn't allow me to get through the ball."
Anderson was brilliant through his first four career starts, throwing 30 1/3 innings with an 0.89 ERA, but labored through his next four, giving just 17 2/3 innings with a 10.19 ERA.