MLB suspends Cleveland pitcher Carlos Carrasco for a second time; Indians activate Giambi

Cleveland pitcher Carlos Carrasco was fined an undisclosed amount and suspended 8 games for intentionally hitting Yankees hitter Kevin Youkilis during Tuesday’s game.  The start was Carrasco’s first start of the year, and came after serving a six game suspension for hitting a Kansas City Royal in his last start before injury.

Carrasco maintained that he did not intentionally throw at Youkilis, but that he slipped while throwing the pitch. The video evidence would suggest that Carrasco slipped after the ball had been released.

Carrasco could appeal the suspension, although if the team timed his recall correctly (which of course they would) he could miss just one start. He is currently on the Columbus Clippers roster and would have to be activated in order to start serving the suspension.

The Indians also announced some other moves to the active roster today-

“Recalled LHP NICK HAGADONE from AAA Columbus

Activated INF/DH JASON GIAMBI from the 15-day Disabled List

Placed RHP MATT ALBERS on the Paternity List

Optioned RHP COREY KLUBER to Columbus

Hagadone was optioned to AAA Columbus on April 2 and made 2 scoreless appearances with the Clippers, fanning 5 of the 12 batters he faced (2.1IP, 2H, 0R, 3BB, 5K). This spring Nick posted an ERA of 0.93 in 10 relief appearances (9.2IP, 6H, 1R/ER, 2BB, 11K).

Giambi is making his Indians roster debut after signing with the club on February 9. He was added to the Major League roster on March 25 and placed on the 15-day DL with a lower back strain.”

Kluber of course was brought up to take the place of Carrasco and start in Myers’ spot because Brett Myers pitched the rest of the game Tuesday after Carrasco’s ejection. Kluber did not get to make a start due to the rain-outs the last two nights.

[Related: Hoping the Indians used the rain to regroup]

  • nj0

    But who will give up seven runs in three innings now? Who? WHO!??!?!?


    Whew…. Disaster unaverted…

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Repeat offender in Carrasco but I’ll be interested to see what happens to Quentin.

  • nj0

    It’s hard not to hit Youk though.

  • Petefranklin

    That Ubaldo Carmona dude can get it done.

  • Harv 21

    Tribe should send someone to Carrasco’s apartment and see if he’s been eating paint chips. Or maybe he needs some simulated whiffle ball games with nodes attached to his skin feeding mild electrical currents. Kid socks ball, Carlos sees red, snorts and aims at next kid, zap. Eight days should about do it.

  • Scooter

    I think this is complete horse poop. I can’t remember what happened right before he hit Youkilis, but Underwood and Manning definitely had no reason to believe it was intentional while calling the game.

  • Wow

    Maybe he will learn to pitch down there..

  • Kildawg

    I think Carrasco is relegated to September Callup status, with Bauer and Kluber getting the nods in case of injury and/or doubleheaders.

  • JNeids

    I would hate to be a teammate of Carrasco’s. Dude just has a short temper and is lucky nobody has struck back at an Indians batter in retaliation.

  • mgbode

    oh, well, here is what happened.

    Cano hits the HR.
    Pepper (Tribe’s little known coach) pops up to pull Carrasco.
    Tito tells him to stay put because he wants to see how he reacts.
    Carrasco plunks Youk and Tito tells Pepper he can go get him now.

  • Natedawg86

    Will he be activated for the doubleheader against ny on may 18?

  • Robbie

    Pepper Leach: [Carrasco has just given up a home run to Robinson Cano] You want me to go get him?

    Lou Brown: No, keep him in. Let’s see how he reacts.

    Lou Brown: [Carrasco hits the next batter] Interesting.