The Indians extended their home winning streak to 10 games Thursday with an 8-2 victory over Kansas City. No. 1 starter Fausto Carmona got the win, but before the game, manager Manny Acta made an announcement regarding the No. 2 spot in the rotation.
That spot had been held by Carlos Carrasco, but the right-hander was placed on the disabled list due to inflammation in his right elbow. Acta said the Indians would replace Carrasco by recalling former first-round pick Alex White from Class AAA Columbus.
White, who will make his major league debut Saturday against Detroit, was the Indians' top pick in the 2009 draft. This season, he was 1-0 with a 1.90 ERA in four starts at Columbus. How long White will stay in the rotation remains to be seen.
Acta on Thursday refused to commit to more than Saturday's start for White, although it seems likely if White pitches well in that game he could get a further look in the rotation. The wild card in the situation is the condition of Carrasco.
Although the Indians said an MRI on Carrasco's elbow showed nothing, Carrasco continues to feel some soreness. The Indians originally didn't think the injury would require a trip onto the disabled list, but that's where Carrasco is now, eligible to return May 10.
In the meantime, White apparently will get a start-by-start trial. Indians officials expected that White would make his major league debut at some point in the 2011 season, but nobody thought it would happen in April.
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