DENVER -- The Indians are going to be without the services of right-hander Fausto Carmona even longer than expected. Carmona, who was originally slated to make his first Minor League rehab appearance Friday, will instead be shut down for the next three days because of a recurrence of the inflammation in his left hip. The Indians had an MRI exam performed on Carmona's hip Wednesday, head athletic trainer Lonnie Soloff said.
"[The MRI] shows inflammation in the affected area, albeit less than he experienced in late May," Soloff said. "It's a mild recurrence of the symptoms." Carmona will be reexamined after the three-day shutdown period. At that point, the Indians plan to have a new timetable for his return to play. The hip injury occurred in Carmona's May 23 start against the Rangers, when he came off the mound to cover first on a ground ball. Carmona threw a three-inning, simulated session Monday at short-season Mahoning Valley in what was expected to be his last step before an actual rehab start. But after multiple long-toss and bullpen sessions in which he was asymptomatic, Carmona felt soreness in his hip Tuesday. "He didn't have any symptoms while throwing the sim game," Soloff said. "His presentation [afterward] surprised us." Carmona was 4-2 with a 3.10 ERA in 10 starts before landing on the 15-day disabled list.
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.