Carmona strains quad while taking tumble

Carmona strains quad while taking tumble

Carmona strains quad while taking tumble
CINCINNATI -- Indians starter Fausto Carmona looked a little beaten up, and perhaps a touch embarrassed, after his abbreviated performance in Saturday's 3-1 Interleague victory over the Reds.

The injury that forced Carmona to exit the contest in the third inning, when he stumbled and fell hard while running to first base, was described as a strained right quadriceps. The pitcher also had bandages on his right hand and forearm, making it clear that more than just a leg issue bothered him.

For now, Carmona is considered day to day and Indians manager Manny Acta noted that the starter would be reevaluated by the team's medical team on Sunday. As things currently stand, Carmona is the Tribe's probable pitcher for Thursday's home game against the Blue Jays.

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"I'll talk to you guys tomorrow," Carmona said after Saturday's win. "I'll know more then."

Carmona first ran into trouble in the second inning, when Reds pitcher Homer Bailey chopped a comebacker to the mound. The baseball hit Carmona between the index and middle fingers on his pitching hand, resulting in a cut in the webbing between the digits.

Carmona recovered the baseball and threw Bailey out at first base to end the second inning, but Acta was not sure his starter could stay in the game.

"We didn't even know if he was going to be able to continue pitching," Acta said. "He said that he was OK."

In the third inning, Indians catcher Lou Marson led off with a single, setting up a situation in which Carmona would attempt a bunt. Carmona squared around, chopped a pitch from Bailey to third baseman Scott Rolen and sprinted up the line to first base.

Rolen gloved the grounder and fired the ball to second base, where Cincinnati shortstop Paul Janish misplayed the throw for an error. During the play, Carmona lost his balance as he closed on first base. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound pitcher fell hard on his stomach and was in obvious pain as he shifted to his feet.

Carmona hurt his right leg and also scraped his right arm on the play.

After a brief meeting at first base with Acta and head athletic trainer Lonnie Soloff, Carmona walked off the field and headed to the clubhouse. Pitcher Josh Tomlin replaced Carmona on the field as a pinch-runner. Reliever Frank Herrmann took over on the mound.

Carmona's injury came in the midst of a solid beginning to his start against the Reds. Over two innings, the sinkerballer allowed two hits and hit one batter, but he limited the damage early with five groundouts and one strikeout. Cleveland's bullpen picked up where he left off, logging seven solid innings to seal the win.

Carmona picked up a no-decision on Saturday and is now 4-10 with a 5.78 ERA in 18 starts for the Indians this season.