Indians' Carrasco bothered by sore shoulder, DL possible

Publish date:

CLEVELAND (AP) Carlos Carrasco's breakout season has been breached.

The Indians placed the right-hander on the disabled list late Tuesday night with inflammation in his shoulder. Manager Terry Francona said Carrasco received a cortisone injection and will be shut down for ''four or five days'' before he resumes throwing.

''By all accounts in talking to the doctor, he's going to be fine,'' Francona said after the Indians' 11-6 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. ''He's got some inflammation in there. This will knock it out and he will be good to go.''

Carrrasco leads Cleveland in wins and has been the club's most consistent starter this season. Francona said Carrasco, who had Tommy John elbow surgery in 2011, has been bothered by soreness, which worsened following a recent start in New York. Francona said Carrasco underwent an MRI, which didn't reveal any damage.

''Sometimes when you give MRIs to pitchers you have to be a little bit careful because anybody throwing a baseball is going to have something wrong with him, but his was very clean and we were thrilled,'' Francona said. ''Regardless of whether it's going to be two days, three days or a couple weeks, he's going to be fine.''

In his last five starts, Carrasco is 2-1 with two no-decisions and has only allowed six earned runs in 39 2/3 innings. He has pitched a career-high 158 innings, recording 173 strikeouts.

Francona said Carrasco looked good while throwing a bullpen session on Monday, but the team wants to be careful with one of its top arms.

Carrasco, who spent last season pitching in the rotation and relief, is 12-9 with a 3.53 ERA in 25 starts. He was scheduled to start Wednesday against the Brewers, but he'll be replaced by Cody Anderson, who has been on the DL with a strained left oblique. Anderson is 2-3 with a 4.31 ERA in eight starts.

Anderson was scheduled to make a rehab start in the minors on Monday, but the Indians canceled the outing because of Carrasco's situation.