MINNEAPOLIS -- Carlos Carrasco threw in a game on Wednesday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery last September. Carrasco threw a perfect inning for Double-A Akron, striking out one batter.
He went 8-9 with a 4.62 ERA over 21 starts for Cleveland in 2011 before injuring his elbow on Aug. 3, but he shined in June with a 0.98 ERA in five starts.
"He threw the ball very well, mid-to-high 90s," Indians manager Manny Acta said of Carrasco's first rehab outing.
That velocity would indicate an increase for Carrasco, whose fastball averaged 92.8 miles per hour from 2009-2011 according to FanGraphs.com. But Acta noted that he hit those speeds in only one inning of work and wasn't pitching a full game.
"A lot of those guys, they sometimes come back stronger from that surgery," Acta said.