Carrasco to DL with elbow inflammation

Carrasco to DL with elbow inflammation

Carrasco to DL with elbow inflammation
CLEVELAND -- Indians starter Carlos Carrasco exited the visitors' clubhouse at Rangers Ballpark wearing a compression sleeve on his right arm on Sunday night in Texas. One day later, an explanation surfaced.

On Monday, Cleveland placed Carrasco on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his right elbow, which is the same type of injury that cost the right-hander two weeks in early May. The latest setback bought the Tribe some time for another upcoming roster decision.

Carrasco's departure from the active roster allowed the Indians to reinstate third baseman Jack Hannahan from Major League Baseball's paternity leave list. Hannahan was away from the ballclub for its three-game road series against the Rangers this past weekend in order to be with his wife for the birth of their first child.

With Hannahan back in the fold, the Indians are currently carrying an extra position player. Utility man Shelley Duncan -- promoted from Triple-A Columbus when Hannahan left the team on Friday -- remains on the roster as a bench option for left field, first base and designated hitter.

Cleveland will need to remove a position player from its roster when the time comes to promote a starter to replace Carrasco.

As things currently stand, the Tribe needs a fifth starter for Saturday's home tilt against the Twins. Left-hander David Huff (1-1 with a 0.51 ERA in three starts for the Indians this year) is the top candidate for a promotion. Huff was sent back to Triple-A Columbus after Cleveland acquired starter Ubaldo Jimenez in a trade with the Rockies on July 31.

When Cleveland adds a starter, either Duncan or outfielder Austin Kearns would appear to be the odd man out.

Duncan (.250 with four homers and 22 RBIs in 39 games) has Minor League options, meaning he can be sent down without consequence. Kearns (.200 with two homers and seven RBIs in 55 games) is out of options, so he would likely need to be designated for assignment and exposed to waivers before possibly being sent to the Minors.

Carrasco last pitched on Wednesday in Boston, where he logged a season-high 112 pitches over seven innings against the Red Sox. The righty allowed three runs (two earned) on nine hits in a no-decision after going 0-5 with a 9.13 ERA in his previous five starts for Cleveland.

Following that outing in Boston, Carrasco began serving a six-game suspension, which was handed down by Major League Baseball after the pitcher's actions on July 29. One pitch after yielding a fourth-inning grand slam to Kansas City's Melky Cabrera in that start, Carrasco threw in the area of Billy Butler's head and was immediately ejected.

Carrasco's suspension is voided for the time being in light of his trip to the disabled list, which is retroactive to Thursday. Carrasco (8-9 with a 4.55 ERA in 21 starts this year) is eligible to be activated from the 15-day DL in time for the Tribe's Aug. 19-21 series against Detroit, but the pitcher must serve his suspension upon returning.

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.