On Tuesday, Carrasco tested his sore right elbow during a brief round of catch with head athletic trainer Lonnie Soloff at Progressive Field. Carrasco came away from the workout feeling good, and he is scheduled to throw off a mound in a bullpen session on Wednesday.
If Carrasco feels fine during and following that next step, the Indians plan on giving him the go-ahead to start on Saturday against the Tigers.
"That's the plan," Indians manager Manny Acta said prior to Tuesday's game against the Royals. "Everything will depend on the bullpen tomorrow."
After he made 20 throws on flat ground from a distance of around 60 feet, the 24-year-old Carrasco sat at his locker and said he felt relieved. The right-hander exited Sunday's start in Minnesota after just three innings, due to tightness in his throwing elbow.
An MRI exam performed on Carrasco's elbow revealed no structural damage.
"I feel better today," said Carrasco, who is 1-1 with a 4.97 ERA through five starts for the Tribe this season. "When I threw today, I had a good delivery and I felt better."
On Wednesday, Carrasco is slated to work through a full bullpen session, consisting of around 30-35 pitches.
Carrasco said he experienced more discomfort when throwing his fastball than any of his breaking pitches. He added that this is similar to the right elbow soreness he experienced last July while with Triple-A Columbus. He did not miss a start during that episode.
The Indians are hoping Carrasco can avoid missing a turn this time around, too.
"We're still going to be careful," Acta said. "We're going to see how that bullpen goes tomorrow, and do what's best for him and for us."