Cleveland entered Wednesday without three starters. Now, the team will have to proceed without a fourth. The club announced Wednesday afternoon that Carlos Carrasco had been placed on the injured list due to a unspecified blood condition.
Here's the team's statement:
We have placed RHP Carlos Carrasco on the Injured List due to a non-baseball, medical condition.— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) June 5, 2019
Please keep Cookie and his family in your thoughts during this challenging time.#RallyTogether pic.twitter.com/rA5tCyX2DL
As the statement notes, Cleveland currently has no timetable for Carrasco's return. The team does, however, expect him to return at some point this season.
Carrasco joins Corey Kluber, Mike Clevinger, and Jefry Rodriguez on the shelf. So far this season, he had posted a 4.98 ERA and a 7.18 strikeout-to-walk ratio in his first 12 starts.
Cleveland, which is already 10 ½ games behind the Minnesota Twins in the American League Central, will now have to dig even deeper into their pitching depth to field a rotation.
As it stands, Cleveland has three starters in place: Trevor Bauer and promising youngsters Shane Bieber and Zach Plesac. Cleveland hadn't yet announced who they intended to promote in time for Friday's start, but the franchise has only so many options available.
Carlos Carrasco will not make today’s start. He was recently diagnosed with a blood condition & his timetable is TBD.— Mandy Bell (@MandyBell02) June 5, 2019
Today will be a bullpen day with Tyler Clippard starting. To get more arms up, they optioned Greg Allen to Triple-A & brought up Jon Edwards and Nick Goody.
Cleveland does have three Triple-A starters on its 40-man roster, but none of them are performing at the optimal level. Cody Anderson has arguably been the best of the trio, and he has a 4.56 ERA in six starts. Chih-Wei Hu, meanwhile, has a 6.54 ERA and has permitted 2.5 home runs per nine innings, and Adam Plutko has the airplane ERA: 7.47.
If there is any good news for Cleveland, it's that Clevinger is expected to begin a rehab assignment on Thursday. It's at least possible Cleveland brings Clevinger back into the fold earlier than originally anticipated.
Still, make no mistake: Cleveland is in a horrible position -- and things only seem to be getting worse.