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Indians place RHP Carrasco on 15-day DL

CBSSports.com wire reports

CLEVELAND -- First, suspended. Now, injured. It's been a rough few days for Carlos Carrasco.

The Cleveland Indians placed the starter on the 15-day disabled list Monday with inflammation in his right elbow, temporarily voiding his six-game suspension for throwing at Kansas City's Billy Butler.

Carrasco was suspended for six games by Major League Baseball on Aug. 1 for throwing at Butler's head in a July 30 game. The inside fastball didn't hit Butler, but Carrasco was ejected and later slapped with the six-game ban, which he intended to serve following his last start. However, after pitching seven innings on Aug. 3 in Boston, Carrasco felt discomfort in his elbow, according to an Indians release.

The right-hander still faces discipline when he's activated. Carrasco, who is 8-0 with a 4.55 ERA in 21 starts, was on the DL earlier this season with a strained elbow.

The Indians also reinstated third baseman Jack Hannahan from the paternity list. Hannahan was not with the Indians for their three-game weekend series in Texas, staying with his wife for the birth of the couple's first child.

Hannahan will be available Tuesday night when the Indians open a critical three-game AL Central series with first-place Detroit. Cleveland trails the Tigers by four games.

Carrasco's injury leaves the Indians without a starter for Saturday's home game against Minnesota. The most likely candidate to take Carrasco's spot is left-hander David Huff, who is 1-1 with a 0.51 ERA in three starts for Cleveland. He was sent back to Triple-A Columbus last week to open a roster spot after the Indians acquired Ubaldo Jimenez in a July 31 blockbuster trade from Colorado.

In his last start, Huff pitched five strong innings, allowing just an unearned run against Boston last week.

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