The Cleveland Indians have elected to recall starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco to take the mound on Sunday against the Detroit Tigers. Cleveland is hoping Carrasco will be able to give them a quality start so that the team can close in on Detroit in the American League Central standings.
In order to make room for Carrasco on the 25-man roster, the Indians sent down relief pitcher Joe Martinez to Triple-A Columbus. In just two appearances, the right-hander posted a 1-0 record with a 1.80 earned run average in five innings. It is unfortunate that Martinez is the one who had to be moved to make room, especially since he has pitched so well in his limited action. However, sometimes that is just the way it is.
“You know what, he did a good job,” manager Terry Francona said, according to Indians.com. “He throws strikes, he works quick, he behaves himself. [I] just told him, I said, ‘Guys like you, you find your way back to the big leagues.’ Just because we like having him around. He’ll take the ball. You know he’s going to throw it over the plate. He did a good job.”
The fact that Martinez performed at such a high level certainly adds pressure for Carrasco to pitch well. The right-hander has struggled on the mound for the most part this season, with the exception of his outing on June 17. Carrasco allowed just one earned run on four hits in 7 1/3 innings against the Kansas City Royals in the no-decision. If he can pitch like that against the Tigers on Sunday, the Indians will have a great chance of winning the ball game.