Carlos Carrasco and Aaron Civale are set to resume full participation in spring training activities, which is fantastic news for the Cleveland Indians.
The Cleveland Indians‘ starting rotation may be slowly but surely rounding into form. Per Zack Meisel of The Athletic, Carlos Carrasco and Aaron Civale have begun taking steps toward ramping up their activity, with the former tossing a live batting practice session on Friday. Civale is set to do the same on Saturday.
These updates arrive not a moment too soon, as the Indians were in dire need of some positive developments within their pitching staff. Cleveland just received news that reliever Emmanuel Clase will be out for a minimum of two months, and Mike Clevinger is recovering from knee surgery.
Carlos Carrasco is throwing a live batting practice session today. Aaron Civale will do so tomorrow. Next step for both would be actual game action.
Mike Clevinger could start a throwing program as soon as today.
Roberto Perez will start at catcher Sat., his first spring game.
— Zack Meisel (@ZackMeisel) February 28, 2020
Carrasco avoiding a trip to the injured list after last week’s scare will go a long way toward shoring up the top of the rotation until Clevinger can return. The groin issue that set Civale back to start camp appears to have been minor, but it’s well that he’s in line to get things going with a little under a month until Opening Day.
Ideally, both Carrasco and Civale will appear in a live game sometime next week. If not, steady progress is encouraging enough.
There’s still plenty of time for both to work themselves up before the season starts on March 26. The Indians will surely pray for favorable winds until then.