MLB News: Carrasco Likely To Be On Innings Limit In 2013

In an article primarily focused on the need for Justin Masterson and Ubaldo Jimenez needing to bounce back for the Tribe rotation to be effective in 2013, Indians.com’s Jordan Bastian also adds that it is likely that Tribe starter Carlos Carrasco, who had Tommy John Surgery late in 2011, will likely be on an innings limit next season as he looks to return to the starting rotation.

Bastian writes:

“‘In Carlos’ case,” Antonetti said, ‘we do have to be cognizant of him completing his rehab process and his innings restrictions this year.’

That said, Carrasco still has a realistic shot at making the Opening Day staff.

“We’ll try to go with the team that we feel gives us the best chance to win games to start the season,” Antonetti said. “That’ll be the primary driver in any decisions we make in Spring Training.'”

Carrasco went 8-9 with a 4.62 ERA in 21 starts before winding up on the DL. He also posted clips of 2.9 BB/9, 6.1 K/9, and 2.13 K/BB that season.

The Tribe rotation will feature Masterson, Jimenez, free agent signing Brett Myers, and a competition between new hot prospect acquisition Trevor Bauer, Carrasco, and the most consistent starter in 2012 Zach McAllister for the final two spots. Corey Kluber, David Huff, and Scott Kazmir, as Bastian mentions, all come to camp with a shot at the fifth spot as well.

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  • Jaker

    I really doubt that Kazmir, Kluber or Huff will break camp with the squad. Only way one of them gets inthe original rotation is if Bauer needs seasoning or if Carrasco can’t go just yet

  • Jaker

    I’m sorry, both of those need to happen, not either/or

  • Matt S

    Tony Lastoria has been saying they’ll likely keep Carrasco in extended spring training to start the year. Instead of letting him go and then having to shut him down at the end of the year (like the Nationals did with Strasburg), they prefer to manage his innings “on the front end” of the season. In any case, the last thing that comes back from TJ surgery is command, something Carrasco wasn’t great at to begin with.

    I’m content with him starting in EST, then getting some time in at AAA before getting promoted late in the season. If we’re out of contention by the deadline, we’ll likely be looking to get rid of Ubaldo and/or Myers. There will be opportunities. And if we’re contending, he’ll be one injury away from a call-up.

    And Kazmir and Huff will likely only be long relief options. The Indians are short on lefties, so they both could be long relief, second lefty type of options. Unless they’re absolutely blown away by Kazmir in spring, I doubt he’s really a threat to be taking time in the rotation.

  • I’m slowly coming to terms with the potential for Bauer to not be with the big league team at the break of the season. What I have not decided yet is how I feel about the move given the whole “we’re going to win now” stuff.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Ya never know maybe Bauer won’t give them a choice and have a great spring. Honestly though I don’t know if it would be so bad if he started in the minors. As far as the “we’re going to win now” I think it’s more “we did as much as we could to try to win now (Please, oh please Terry work your magic).”