Carrasco drops appeal, begins suspension

Carrasco drops appeal, begins suspension

Carrasco drops appeal, begins suspension
BOSTON -- Carlos Carrasco dropped his appeal of the six-game suspension he received for intentionally throwing near the head of Kansas City's Billy Butler on Friday.

He started serving the suspension on Thursday and won't be eligible to return until next Thursday, against the Tigers. With the Indians off on Monday, manager Manny Acta said that Carrasco likely won't return until his next time around in the rotation.

Justin Masterson, who started against the Red Sox on Thursday, will presumably slide into Carrasco's spot on Tuesday. The off-day allows the Indians to pitch Masterson on usual rest.

Entering Thursday, Masterson had thrown 151 1/3 innings, which puts him on pace to pass the 180-mark he put up a year ago. But Acta said that Masterson has the green light to throw at least 200 innings this year, as does the rest of the rotation.

"Just about every one of those guys can go over 200," Acta said. "They're pitching good. None of those guys have even met the amount of innings they've thrown last year. They're fine."

Cleveland entered Thursday with a team ERA of 3.99. The rotation has pitched 655 innings, 22nd in the Majors.

"We have two months to go, and they've thrown really good," Acta said. "Any time you can have an ERA around 4 in the American League, you're doing well. Everything we have accomplished so far is due to those guys."