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59 Carlos Carrasco RP
Height/Weight: 6-3/212 | Birthdate: 3/21/1987 | Birthplace: Barquisimeto, Lara, Venezuela | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Cleveland | College: No College | MLB Experience: 5 | Salary: $490,000 | Owned/Started%: 2/1 | Average Draft Position: 301.78
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Carlos Carrasco picks up relief win Thursday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10:55 pm ET) Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco picked up a relief win Thursday night at home against the Yankees.

Carrasco struck out one and needed only seven pitches to secure a perfect seventh inning for the Indians. He owns a 3.74 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP over 55 1/3 innings of relief this season.

Carlos Carrasco earns first career save Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2014) Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco picked up the first save of his career Monday, giving up just one hit and one walk in 2 1/3 scoreless innings while striking out four in his team's 4-3 win over the Angels.

Carrasco has done a great job over the past month while generally pitching more than one inning at a time. His current quality stretch leaves him with a 4.40 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 45:14 K:BB ratio in 45 innings.


Carlos Carrasco trying to accept loss of starting job


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2014) Carlos Carrasco expressed surprise and disappointment at his removal from the Indians starting rotation despite overwhelming statistical evidence that justified the move. Carrasco is 0-3 with a 6.95 ERA in four starts and has not won a game as a starting pitcher since 2011.

Carrasco, however, is trying to take the news in stride. "The more important thing is I'm going to continue to pitch," he told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "Wherever they put me, I'm going to do my job. ... I'll just forget [starting] and do my job in the bullpen."

The right-hander has proven himself far more effective as a reliever, at least in limited opportunities. He won his only decision in that role last year with a 1.32 ERA.


Carlos Carrasco removed from starting rotation


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2014) Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco was removed from the rotation, manager Terry Francona told reporters following Monday's 6-3 loss to the Angels, MLB.com reports.

Carrasco was originally scheduled to start Wednesday, instead, the team will go will Zach McAllister on short rest. Francona will look for a replacement in the near future and indicated that Carrasco will remain in the bullpen.

Carrasco allowed four-plus runs in each of his first four starts. He owns a 6.95 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP along with a 23:9 K:BB ratio over 22 innings pitched.

Carlos Carrasco meets with team over mechanics concerns


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2014) Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco met with manager Terry Francona and pitching coach Mickey Callaway to address his concerns about his mechanics.

Carrasco worked with Callaway on raising his lead arm in his delivery to create more deception during the offseason. He picked up his third loss on Friday, allowing four runs over six innings pitched against the Giants. He felt as if his velocity went down with the raised slot and gained more velocity when he lowered his left arm.

Callaway showed Carrasco statistical data to support the raised slot.

"We talked to him this morning about it after reading his comments," Callaway said. "I think we're all on the same page on where we want his arm. We want it up. He's throwing harder when his arm is up. It just doesn't feel like it."

Indians not ready to remove Carlos Carrasco out of rotation


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2014) Indians manager Terry Francona said Sunday was not a make-or-break start for pitcher Carlos Carrasco, and that he's not ready to make any decisions based on one start or game, WTAM 1100 radio in Cleveland reports.

Carrasco is off to a rough start this season. He owns a 7.31 ERA and a 0.69 WHIP along with a 17:8 K:BB ratio over 16 innings pitched. His next start will come against the Giants.

Carlos Carrasco has another rough start Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2014) Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco struggled again Sunday against the Blue Jays.

Carrasco went 5 2/3 innings, giving up four runs on six hits. He walked three and struck out five. Carrasco has now allowed at least four runs in each of his first three starts to open the season. 

Carrasco cruised through the first three innings before running into trouble in the fourth. He gave up three hits to open the inning, including a run scoring single. After striking out Edwin Encarnacion, Carrasco gave up another run scoring single, and an RBI groundout. He gave up the fourth run on a single the following inning. The team managed to come back and win the game, but Carrasco did not factor into the decision.

Carrasco's next start will come against the Giants.


Carlos Carrasco pushed back to Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2014) Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco has had his next start pushed back to Saturday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Carrasco was expected to pitch Wednesday, but he'll take on the Blue Jays next Saturday instead. He'll be available out of the bullpen for a few games.


Carlos Carrasco gets clobbered by White Sox


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2014) Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco continued to struggle on Friday, suffering his second loss of the season in a 9-6 defeat to the White Sox. The right-hander was charged with five runs on six hits and three walks while striking out five over 4 2/3 innings pitched.

Carrasco has allowed nine runs over his first 10 1/3 innings pitched. He will look to get back on track Wednesday against Kansas City.

Carlos Carrasco bad early, fine late in loss to Twins


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2014) Indians enigmatic right-hander Carlos Carrasco lived up to that reputation Saturday against Minnesota. He struggled to throw quality strikes early in giving up three runs in the first inning, including a leadoff home run to Brian Dozier, and two more in the third.

He then settled down, displaying the stuff that has intrigued the Indians for several years. He retired nine of the next 11 batters while fanning four.

Carrasco, however, was saddled with the loss. He surrendered four earned runs on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings with two walks and seven strikeouts.

He is scheduled to make his next start Thursday in Chicago against the White Sox.


Carlos Carrasco earns place in Indians rotation


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2014) One bad spring start could not prevent Carlos Carrasco from landing the final spot in the Indians rotation. But one bad spring start might have cost Josh Tomlin the same.

Carrasco rebounded from that awful start with a decent one Monday. Tomlin, who had been brilliant in exhibition play, struggled on Tuesday. Carrasco was named the starter Wednesday, per WTAM-1100.

Tomlin was also the victim of having another minor league option left. Carrasco is out of options.

The Indians like the electric stuff of Carrasco moreso than the pinpoint control that Tomlin often brings to the mound and is required of him to be successful. Carrasco has performed better out of the bullpen in the past, but his 97-mph fastball and baffling movement on his breaking pitches motivated the team to give him another chance as a starter.


Carlos Carrasco posts quality start vs. Reds


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2014) Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco allowed three earned runs on nine hits in six innings while striking out five and walking none in his team's 8-3 win over the Reds Monday.

Carrasco is one of two candidates remaining for the final spot in the team's regular-season rotation, and his performance Monday will likely strengthen his case. He owns a 5.17 ERA and 16:3 K:BB ratio in 15 2/3 innings.


Indians down to two candidates for fifth spot in rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2014) The Indians announced Monday they optioned starting pitcher Trevor Bauer to Triple-A Columbus, taking him out of the running for the final spot in the team's rotation. The battle for the final spot is now between Josh Tomlin and Carlos Carrasco.

Carlos Carrasco admits greater comfort pitching in relief


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2014) Enigmatic Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco, who appears to be looking on the outside looking in at a rotation spot, admitted Friday that he felt more comfortable pitching out of the bullpen last season, per WTAM-1100. But he added that he would like to be a starter this year.

Carrasco was performing well in the latter role in spring training before getting pounded in his last start. He might have already lost the job to more consistent Josh Tomlin, though he might get another chance to right himself and put himself back into the competition.

The right-hander who turned 27 on Friday was lights-out in relief in 2013 and downright terrible as a starting pitcher. He appears destined for a bullpen role to start this year.


Carlos Carrasco struggles vs. A's Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2014) Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco surrendered eight runs (five earned) on nine hits and two walks while striking out two in 2 2/3 innings in his team's 13-3 loss to the A's Wednesday.

Carrasco is competing for a rotation spot this spring and didn't do himself any favors Wednesday, as he fell well short of finishing five innings as scheduled. "We started off an inning where we didn't convert a play. But then he didn't limit the damage," manager Terry Francona told MLB.com regarding Carrasco. "I thought he worked away from his fastball a little bit. It's a frustrating outing. The good part is it was Spring Training, but we're looking for him to build. It was a little disappointing."

Carrasco had been excellent previous to Wednesday's meltdown, as he entered the day with just one earned run allowed in seven innings while striking out nine and walking one. Hopefully he'll bounce back strongly in his next appearance.


Indians flop Wednesday roles for pair of pitchers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2014) The Indians have scrapped their original plan of having Danny Salazar relieve Carlos Carrasco against Oakland on Wednesday. They have flip-flopped the two starters.

Carrasco is battling Josh Tomlin and perhaps Aaron Harang for the fifth spot in the rotation. Salazar is set, but his innings have been limited this spring to keep him stronger for later in the season.


Carlos Carrasco fans six in three innings against Cubs


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/7/2014) Only a two-run homer marred a strong performance against the Cubs on Friday by Indians rotation hopeful Carlos Carrasco, who seems to have a leg up on the fifth spot.

Carrasco struck out six in three innings while yielding three hits and no walks. Both runs against him were unearned. He has yet to surrender an earned run in five innings this spring.

He is battling Josh Tomlin, Aaron Harang and Trevor Bauer, all of whom have been impressive. But Terry Francona is leaning toward Carrasco, who boasts impressive stuff and is without a minor league option.


Carlos Carrasco allows one run vs. Rangers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2014) Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco surrendered one earned run on three hits and one walk in two innings while striking out one in Monday's 6-5 win over the Rangers.

"[He was] good," manager Terry Francona told MLB.com. "A couple hitters he fell behind and that’s where, when he works ahead, his stuff is [good]. Like today, his first inning was electric. He’s got the breaking ball and the changeup to go with it. He just needs to keep pumping it to where he works ahead. That’s where he’s going to have success."

Carrasco is competing for a spot at the back end of the team's rotation.


Carlos Carrasco looks good in first spring action


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2014) Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco put in a good first bid for a rotation spot in his spring training debut against the Reds Thursday.

Carrasco was the third Indians starter to work in the game, but looked like the best on this day. He tossed a pair of scoreless innings while returning the Reds in order. He struck out two batters in his relief outing.

Carrasco has been unable to live up to his top prospect ranking in parts of four major-league seasons. The soon-to-be 27-year-old posted a 6.75 ERA ion 46 2/3 innings a year ago. 


Indians hope Carlos Carrasco is able to 'take off' in 2014


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2014) Indians manager Terry Francona said Wednesday starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco has raised his arm slot to add deception to his delivery, according to MLB.com. Francona added the team would love to see Carrasco "take off" this season.

The former top-100 prospect is 11-19 with a 5.29 ERA and 1.53 WHIP through 48 career MLB appearances (40 starts).


Carlos Carrasco won't reach Super Two status


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(10/7/2013) Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco will not qualify for arbitration this winter, MLB.com reports Monday. Carrasco fell six days shy of earning his Super Two status. He will be arbitration-eligible for the first time following the 2014 season. 

The 26-year-old Carrasco had a 6.75 ERA this season with a 30-to-18 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 46 2/3 innings. 


Carlos Carrasco dealing with family matter


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2013) Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco is not with the team for a few days, and is dealing with a family matter, according to WTAM.

Carrasco will miss a couple days. He'll rejoin the team as soon as everything is taken care of at home. Carrasco has a 6.65 ERA in 44 2/3 innings. 


Indians add four pitchers to roster


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2013) The Cleveland Indians have recalled pitchers Vinnie Pestano, Chen-Chang Lee, Josh Tomlin and Carlos Carrasco back to the club Tuesday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

These pitchers are all expected to pitch in relief for Cleveland down the stretch, though Carrasco and Tomlin have starting experience.

Indians option Carlos Carrasco to make room for Jason Kubel


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/31/2013) New Indians addition Jason Kubel officially joined the roster Saturday with Cleveland optioning pitcher Carlos Carrasco to Triple-A Columbus, MLB.com reports.

The 26-year-old Carrasco went 1-4 with a 6.85 ERA over 11 appearances and seven starts for the Indians this season. He has 28 strikeouts over 43 1/3 innings pitched.


Carlos Carrasco moved to the bullpen


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2013) Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco has been demoted to the bullpen, manager Terry Francona told The Plain Dealer Friday.

Carrasco allowed four earned runs over 4 1/3 innings in his previous start. He is 0-4 with a 7.82 ERA and a 1.95 WHIP in eight appearances (seven starts).