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The Indians move Carlos Carrasco to the bullpen

Apr 29, 2014, 9:46 AM EDT

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You only get a couple of chances in life. Unless you’re Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco, who seems to have gotten a dozen. He’s been up and down and back up again. He’s failed at the major league level for the most part but, since he has timed those flashes of quality just right and since he has run out of minor league options, he has always managed to hold on.

He’s holding on again, at least for now. Carrasco has posted a 6.95 ERA through four appearances this season and has lost his spot in the rotation. The Indians have moved him to the bullpen. As a result they will use Zach McAllister on three days’ rest tomorrow and, in all likelihood, Trevor Bauer will be called up to fill Carrasco’s spot in the rotation. Bauer has looked like a totally different pitcher this spring, one who is finally ready to fulfill his promise.

As for Carassco, he’s still in the bigs. But you have to think that Cleveland is about at the end of its rope with him.

  1. Francisco (FC) - Apr 29, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    Somewhere, Ruben and Montgomery are going:

    “Bump, Bump, Bump, Another one bites the dust!”

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:59 PM

      Yes…as I have said countless times, all the people who trash Ruben for trading away prospects have never spent anytime looking at those prospects.

      Not that I am defending the Ruben over all. It is indeed time to move on….just like it is time for Lou Marson to find his calling in life

      • kellyb9 - Apr 29, 2014 at 2:11 PM

        That’s fine and all, but the Phillies still drafted these players. I think it speaks much more to their ability to evaluate and pick talent than anything.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Apr 29, 2014 at 2:25 PM

        Well – two points to that. Both the two I mentioned were drafted under the old regime, and while there were glaring errors in some spots, that is a regime that effectively drafted World Series Winner (2008 team – C – Ruiz, 1B – Howard, 2B – Utley, SS – Rollins, LF – Burrell, CF – Victorino (Rule 5) SP – Hamels, SP – Myers).

        But sure, the draft has not down well under Amaro. I was only talking to oft repeated line that the reason the farm system is weak is because of trades.

  2. r8rnuck - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    he might be better in a different system. i”m not sure the indians are quite sure how to use him or are not getting the cooperation from him? who knows what happens behind the doors. i think he would be an excellent 2-3 inn relief pitcher

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