Carlos Carrasco will officially rejoin the Cleveland Indians on Sunday. But he is already back with the team awaiting the official move.
The Cleveland Indians are down in Florida at the worst possible time.
I’m not saying that because Florida in the summer is miserable. This has to do with the huge hurricane approaching the mainland.
Hurricane Dorian is set to hit Florida early next week. The Indians are set to leave after Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays. But there is the chance that game has to be moved in order for the team to get out of there before air travel is no longer possible.
That is why the Indians flew Carlos Carrasco down to Tampa to rejoin the team before his official activation on Sunday. Trying to fly him down any later may have meant he would have to wait until Monday to join his teammates.
Carrasco has been tearing it up in the minors in what were rehab assignments for him. In case anyone forgot, he is just casually returning a few months after receiving a leukemia diagnosis. And he is not coming back to be a feel good story. He is joining the team as a key member of the bullpen in September and hopefully October.
The focus for the team remains taking down the Rays and not losing any ground in the Wild Card race. And the division race, since any loss will hurt given the easy slate of games ahead for the Minnesota Twins.
But for a few moments everyone can smile and just enjoy the fact that Carrasco is officially back with the team.