Cleveland Indians’ pitcher Carlos Carrasco has no signs of concussion or head injury at this point
Perhaps curses are real. The Cleveland Indians haven’t proven otherwise so far this season.
After all the talk of the Sports Illustrated cover jinx coming into the season, the Tribe has watched three of their key players fall to injuries in a span of seven games. Last year’s AL MVP candidate Michael Brantley has been sidelines with a sore back for the better part of a week and Yan Gomes sustained a right knee injury in Saturday’s loss to Detroit.
After all that, tonight’s starter Carlos Carrasco was struck in the head by a line drive off the bat of Melky Cabrera in the first inning of the series opener against the Chicago White Sox. The hard shot back up the middle glanced off Carrasco’s glove before hitting him in the right side of the face, sending the pitcher to the ground immediately.
Here’s a look at the shot from Matt Snyder of CBS Sports:
After a few minutes of laying face down in the dirt, Carrasco was helped onto a medical cart and was taken off the field. The severity of his injury is not yet known but, given the way things have worked out so far this season, expect Carrasco to be shelved indefinitely.
Just one week ago today, the Indians signed Carrasco to a four-year, $22 million extension. One day later, he pitched 6.1 innings of shutout baseball against the Houston Astros in his season debut. Carrasco has pitched as well as anyone in the league dating back to the 2014 All-Star break. In his last 11 starts, the Venezuelan has allowed just 15 earned runs in 85 innings pitched (1.59 ERA) with 96 strikeouts (10.2 K/9).
Right-hander Zach McAllister replaced Carrasco on the mound.
—Update: 9:50 p.m. —
Carlos Carrasco and the Cleveland Indians have reportedly avoided another serious injury, as Carrasco is being treated for a jaw contusion. According to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com, there are no symptoms of a concussion or head injury at this point.