Indians' Carrasco leaves game with pectoral tightness

Hazel Gray
May 16, 2017

Carrasco gave up singles to the first two Rays batters in the third inning, which led to a sacrifice fly by Steven Souza Jr., shaving the Indians' lead to 6-3. "I think we'll have a much better read, but it's hopeful that maybe a couple days could remedy that, we'll see".

Cleveland opened a three-game series against Tampa Bay with an 8-7 win at Progressive Field, but right-hander Carlos Carrasco, one of the American League's top starting pitchers this season, left prematurely with a left pectoral injury.

Carrasco did not know if he'll have to miss a start. Register now for the free webinar.

"I didn't do a great job", said Carrasco. "I'm just waiting until (today) and then we go from there".

The right fielder was placed on the 10-day disabled list Monday with a strained left hamstring. "I felt like I made some pitches when I needed to but I'd like to go out there and be a little crisper". But we're going to have to shut him down for a little bit. In the eighth, he allowed his first run of the season, though it was in part due to an errant decision and throw by Jose Ramirez. Backed by a 9-0 lead, Charlie Morton (5-2) gave up four runs in 5 2/3 innings, including Matt Holliday's three-run home run in a four-run fifth.

The 34-year-old Pence, who underwent surgery on his torn right hamstring last season and played only 106 games after 52 in 2015, is batting.243 with three home runs and 16 RBIs this season.

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Archer allowed seven runs, six earned, meaning only two came after the opening inning. He was sidelined in spring training with a sore elbow and didn't pitch in last season's playoffs because of a broken right hand after being hit by a line drive in September.

The quintet combined for 5.1 quality innings with Miller and Allen uncharacteristically giving up one run apiece, including a solo home run in the ninth to Peter Bourjos. He gave up 5 hits, walked 6, struck out 6 and threw 101 pitches. Archer is 0-6 lifetime against Cleveland, the only AL team he hasn't defeated. "Walking six people is unacceptable".

Edwin Encarnacion, hitting fifth in the lineup for the first time this season, then grounded into what was almost an inning-ending double play. Encarnacion, who is hitting.198, was moved down to the No. 5 spot, and he went 0-for-5.

Offensively, the Indians (20-17) put another positive night between them and their slump to start the month of May. He hit 42 homers and drove in 127 runs for Toronto last season before signing a $60 million, three-year contract with Cleveland. Yan Gomes had an RBI double in the third. Manager Terry Francona attributed the big inning to the righty's inability to locate. Cash played in Boston while Francona managed the Red Sox and was on Cleveland's coaching staff from 2013-14. Far be it for me to answer such heady philosophical questions in a baseball recap, but I will just address them and leave them out there, hanging like a flag in the wind.

The Rangers said Gomez will be out four to six weeks.

For Tuesday's game, the Rays will be rolling out RHP Jake Odorizzi for the start.

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