Bauer to start Saturday with Carrasco to go on Tuesday
Indians announce rotation decisions
A few days after the Indians announced that left-hander Scott Kazmir was sidelined with a rib cage strain, manager Terry Francona officially announced that rookie right-hander Trevor Bauer will be called up from Triple-A Columbus to make a spot-start in Kazmir’s place this Saturday the Rays. Additionally, Francona slated right-hander Carlos Carrasco to pitch next Tuesday in Cleveland against the Yankees. Veteran starter Brett Myers was originally supposed to start on Tuesday.
Scott Kazmir was signed by the Indians to a minor league deal this offseason after spending the last year and a half outside of Major League Baseball pitching in the Independent League and in Winter Ball. Kazmir excelled with the Tribe in spring training posting a 3.46 ERA in four Cactus League appearances earning him the fifth spot in the opening day starting rotation. Kazmir is expected to miss 2-3 starts with a rib cage strain.
Trevor Bauer came to the Indians via a three-team trade between the Tribe, Reds and Diamondbacks this offseason in which Bauer along with relievers Bryan Shaw and Matt Albers came to Cleveland from Arizona and starting right fielder Drew Stubbs came from Cincinnati. Bauer was competing for the vacant fifth rotation spot in spring training, but lost out to Kazmir. After being optioned to AAA, Bauer was slated to start in the Clippers’ season opener, but was scratched after Kazmir’s injury arose. He will start against the Rays on Saturday.
Currently serving a 6-game suspension, Carlos Carrasco has been named as the starter for game two of the Indians’ home opening series against New York on Tuesday. Carrasco hasn’t pitched in a regular season game since 2011 before he underwent Tommy John surgery and missed all of 2012 during his recovery. The suspension Carrasco is serving was disciplinary action by Major League Baseball for intentionally hitting Royals DH Billy Butlerwith a pitch in 2011.
Originally, the Indians had planned to add Carrasco to the major league roster to start the season in order to have him serve his suspension, which ends on Monday, before optioning him to AAA. In light of today’s announcement, it is expected Carrasco will take Kazmir’s spot in the rotation until he is healthy enough to return. Trevor Bauer’s start on Saturday will be just a spot start and will likely be sent back to AAA afterwards.
Currently, there is no inclination of Brett Myers skipping a start or being removed from the rotation, so it is expected he and the rest of the rotation will just be bumped back a day. Myers struggled in his Indians debut on Thursday giving up seven runs in five innings of work against the Blue Jays including four home runs. By Tuesday, the Indians rotation is expected to be Justin Masterson, Ubaldo Jimenez, Carlos Carrasco and Zach McAllister.
Jake Dungan is a communications student at Stark State College and an intern with the Akron RubberDucks. Follow him on Twitter @MajorLeagueJake.