Carrasco injured and taken to hospital
Triple-A Columbus right-handed pitcher Carlos Carrasco was struck on his right elbow by a line drive off the bat of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre second baseman Corban Joseph and was removed from the game in the fifth inning of action on Thursday night.
Media personnel at the game said that Carrasco was in considerable pain and that the incident was very scary. He has been taken to an area hospital for further evaluation, likely to get x-rays on his arm/elbow.
Prior to the injury, Carrasco had thrown 4.2 shutout innings and allowed five hits and one walk while striking out four batters. He threw 65 pitches, 43 of them for strikes, and ran his shutout streak to 14.2 innings at Columbus this season.
The Indians may have lost another pitcher in the game as left-hander Giovanni Soto reliever Carrasco, but just two-thirds of an inning and 14 pitches later, he had to be removed from the game. Apparently, manager Chris Tremiesaw something he did not like and he and the training staff visited the mound and after a discussion Soto was removed from the game. It is not yet known if he suffered an injury, and if so, what exactly happened.
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"It's just one of those things
That you can never explain
Like when an angel cries
Like a runaway train"
There's a lot of cosmic reckoning that happens on this planet both in the rocks and boulders and in the souls, and the game of baseball is a delicious little microcosm of it all. Hopefully Carlos comes back clean and strong....