{}
CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

{"content":["injury" ] }

Francona confident Carrasco will meet expectations

Francona confident Carrasco will meet expectations

|
Francona confident Carrasco will meet expectations

CLEVELAND -- Manager Terry Francona sees plenty of fire and potential when he watches right-hander Carlos Carrasco pitch. What Francona is waiting for is the moment when the light bulb goes off and Carrasco finally performs up to expectations.

"You see the light come on with guys," Francona said. "You never know when it does, but when it does, his ceiling is so high."

On Sunday, one day after his tough start against Detroit, Carrasco was designated for assignment. It was a paperwork transaction aimed at securing optional waivers in order to option him back to Triple-A Columbus.

Carrasco might return to the big leagues at some point this season, but the team is planning on filling his spot in the rotation for Thursday's home game against the Blue Jays. Francona is not ready to reveal the replacement but noted that the Indians would likely announce that decision on Tuesday.

What does Francona want Carrasco to work on in the Minor Leagues?

"Repeat the good stuff," he said. "As with a lot of young pitchers, when innings start to build, limiting damage, slowing the game down, however you want to say it. And that will happen. He's shown glimpses of it, and ... I think [he has] more fire in there than people give him credit for."

Through six starts, Carrasco is 0-4 with a 9.10 ERA, allowing 47 hits in 28 2/3 innings. Carrasco, who missed all of last season while recovering from Tommy John surgery, has the highest single-season ERA in team history among starters with at least six starts.

"I just think the further he gets away from this surgery," Francona said, "and the more he pitches, we are going to at some point have a really good pitcher. It's just been a little inconsistent up to this point."

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.

{"content":["injury" ] }
{"content":["injury" ] }
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español