Carrasco ready to return to rotation

Carrasco ready to return to rotation

ANAHEIM -- The numbers from Carlos Carrasco's outing Friday night with Double-A Akron don't necessarily suggest the right-hander is ready for a return to the Majors.

Carrasco gave up four runs on four hits in 3 2/3 innings, walking three and recording three Ks. But his health -- not his stats -- are going to dictate the Indians' plans for him. After he came out of his rehab appearance without any pain in his right elbow, the Indians saw now reason to alter their initial plans to bring him back after Friday's outing.

"We just wanted him to go out, throw and be pain free," manager Manny Acta said before Saturday's game against the Angels. "He was pain free, and today he's good. And we'll be seeing him soon."

Acta said Carrrasco should be back in the starting rotation sometime next week, but he did not indicate a date for his next start.

Carrasco, who was put on the 15-day DL April 28, is 1-1 with a 4.97 ERA in five starts this year. His April 24 start in Minnesota was cut short after three innings due to tightness in his throwing elbow.