Originally written April 26, 2013 on Indians Baseball Insider:
After taking a line drive off his elbow in a start last night for Columbus, Carlos Carrasco appears to have established a rather morbid method for evading the suspensions Major League Baseball tries to impose upon him. At press time, the extent of Carrasco’s latest injury remained unknown, but if initial reports are any indication, another prolonged stint on the disabled list could be in the cards. If so, it’s just the latest chapter it what has become an increasingly bizarre pro career for the 26 year-old right-hander from Venezuela. It’s easy to forget that back on July 4th of 2011, Carrasco was 8-4 with a 3.54 ERA—looking every bit like the dynamic hurler the Tribe brass envisioned when they made him the center piece of the Cliff Lee deal two years earlier. From that point forward, however, it’s been an absolute tire fire. Carrasco lost his next five consecutive starts, culminating in an embarrassing outing on July 29 that saw him intentionally bean the Royals’ Billy Butler out o...
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