GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The way Indians manager Manny Acta sees things, there is only one spot up for grabs in the starting rotation. Acta believes right-hander Carlos Carrasco has earned the right to head north with the team.
"I think Carrasco has done enough in Triple-A already," Acta said. "And he pitched well enough for us last year in September that he's got a leg up on that [fourth] spot in the rotation. We're not saying that a guy like him, or a few more that we're not going to mention here, could probably pitch themselves out.
"It's pretty safe to say that he's going to be one of those five guys."
Carrasco, who will turn 24 in March, went 10-6 with a 3.65 ERA in 25 starts at Triple-A last season before going 2-2 with a 3.83 ERA over seven outings with Cleveland. He currently falls behind Fausto Carmona, Justin Masterson and Mitch Talbot in the Indians' projected rotation.
The main arms in the mix for the fifth job include David Huff, Jeanmar Gomez, Josh Tomlin, Aaron Laffey and Anthony Reyes.