Carlos Carrasco

Carlos Carrasco listed as day-to-day

The Cleveland Indians dodged a bullet as starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco does not have a serious injury and is listed as day-to-day.

This really had the feeling of a sky is falling moment. Carlos Carrasco experienced discomfort in his leg earlier this week during a workout. After testing it revealed a relatively minor injury. Carrasco has a mild strain of his right hip flexor and is listed as day-to-day.

While this will keep Carrasco idle for a few days, things could have been much worse. If the injury were to keep him out of action for a significant length of time the Indians would be without two of their top three starting pitchers. Mike Clevinger is already out for six-to-eight weeks with a tear of the medial meniscus in his left knee. Having to plug in two replacement pitchers would make the Indians margin for error non-existent. The team would have to play perfect baseball and that is pretty much impossible.

Carlos Carrasco should be fine moving forward and should be able to contribute to an Indians staff that really needs him. Cleveland dealt Corey Kluber in the offseason and expected Carrasco to help minimize his absence. At full strength the Indians rotation can be one of the best in baseball. They just need to stay healthy and avoid injuries. A task much easier said than done.

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