Carlos Carrasco

#59 SP / Cleveland Indians / EXP: 7YRS Height: 6-3 Weight: 212 lb Age: 30 College: None Bats/Throws R/R

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    The final numbers for Carlos Carrasco look well and good, but his owners were left wondering; what might have been? Carrasco missed more than month after suffering a hamstring strain in his fourth start of the season, and a non-displaced hand fracture ended his season prematurely in September. He wasn't quite as dominant when on the mound, as his strikeout rate fell from 29.6 percent to 25.0 percent, while his hard-hit and HR/9 rates leaped considerably (to 36.4 percent and 1.29, respectively). His fastball and slider velocity averages were down a tick overall from 2015, but Carrasco regained some of those losses late in the year. Further, his walk and groundball rates remain excellent, and his strikeout rate was still strong for a starting pitcher. If he can stay healthy and reduce the amount of hard contact allowed, Carrasco could return to borderline ace status.

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    • Carrasco (elbow) successfully completed a minor league outing Monday and is aiming to make his next Cactus League start March 24 against the Cubs, Paul Hoynes of reports. Carrasco fired his full arsenal in a controlled 33-pitch minor league game Monday against the Reds' Triple-A affiliate. The righty's fastball sat appropriately at 92-93 mph throughout the outing. After the appearance, Carrasco said that he felt confident in how he threw and was relieved his recent elbow swelling was just a scare. "My last game, I was trying to throw my breaking pitches, and I couldn't," Carrasco said. "My changeup was good today. My curveball, slider, everything felt fine," he said. Barring any setbacks, Carrasco is scheduled to make his next Cactus League appearance on Friday. If the right-hander continues to progress without issues, there is still a chance he could slot in behind ace Corey Kluber as the Tribe's No. 2 starter.

    • To update an earlier report, Carrasco (elbow) completed a bullpen session Saturday and will make a minor league spring training start Monday, with his major league start scheduled for Friday, Jordan Bastian of reports. It was previously reported that Carrasco's bullpen session was scheduled for Sunday. The news remains encouraging and Carrasco appears to be on pace to be ready for the start of the big league season.

    • Indians' Carlos Carrasco: Set to return Friday
      By RotoWire Staff

      Carrasco (elbow) will throw a bullpen session Sunday and is scheduled to make his next start on Friday, March 24, Jordan Bastian of reports. Carrasco was diagnosed with elbow swelling on Tuesday and was expected to miss his next start. He began playing catch on Thursday and is feeling well enough to throw a bullpen session Sunday. Barring any setbacks, it appears that the 29-year-old will be ready for the regular season.

    • Carrasco (elbow) is feeling good and was cleared to play catch Thursday, according to Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway, Jordan Bastian of reports. Carrasco is slated to throw in a minor league or simulated game in the coming days, unless he suffers a setback. It's mildly good news for the right-hander with swelling in his throwing elbow, though fantasy owners should monitor his progress before considering him in drafts. Luckily, caution may put him on track to miss only minimal, if any, regular-season time, considering tests didn't reveal structural damage, according to manager Terry Francona. Still, for all the wondrous skills Carrasco displays when on the mound, his injury-laden past should prompt caution when bidding on him.

    • Carrasco is dealing with swelling in his throwing elbow and is expected to miss at least one start, Jordan Bastian of reports. Carrasco received an MRI on Tuesday following his poor performance during the team's Cactus League contest Monday. Manager Terry Francona stated that the MRI showed no structural elbow damage, so it appears that Carrasco has likely avoided a serious injury. The Indians may opt to take a very cautious approach with the 29-year-old, as he is coming off of an injury-plagued 2016 campaign.

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    2016 CLE 25 25 146.3 11 8 0 150 34 134 3.32 1.14
    2015 CLE 30 30 183.7 14 12 0 216 43 154 3.63 1.07
    TOTAL 143 109 702.3 44 46 1 670 189 672 3.92 1.22