Indians pitcher Carrasco moved to injured list after blood condition diagnosis

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Posted at 2:51 PM, Jun 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-05 15:49:50-04

CLEVELAND — Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco has been moved to the injured list for an indefinite period after being diagnosed with a blood condition, according to the team.

Carrasco was diagnosed following several weeks of feeling lethargic. While more information is being gathered about his condition, Carrasco is stepping away from baseball to explore optimal treatment and recovery options.

The Tribe hurler had been scheduled to start Wednesday’s game against Minnesota before he was placed on the injured list.

Details will be conveyed at the discretion of Carrasco and his family, team representatives stated.

“We do not know when Carlos will rejoin the club but expect him back at some point this season,” the release states. “At this time, our primary concern is Carlos’s health, and we will respect his wishes to keep this a private matter. We ask everyone to keep Carlos and his family in their thoughts during his challenging time.”

Carrasco was placed on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to June 2. The Indians recalled pitchers Jon Edwards and Nick Goody from AAA Columbus, and also optioned outfielder Greg Allen to AAA Columbus.

Carrasco is the third Indians starter sidelined this season. Corey Kluber has been out for more than month with a broken right arm, and Mike Clevinger is nearing a return after being out since early April with a strained back muscle.

The three-time AL Central champions are 10½ games behind first-place Minnesota. The Indians don’t know when the 32-year-old Carrasco will return, but they expect the right-hander back at some point this season. The normally solid starter hasn’t pitched up to his standards, going 4-6 with a 4.98 ERA in 12 starts. He has given up 14 home runs in 65 innings. He had developed into one of the AL’s steadiest pitchers over the past few years, winning 18 games in 2017 and 17 last season.

Carrasco has been with Cleveland since 2009. He signed a $47 million, four-year contract in December.

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