In a horrifying moment during the first inning of Tuesday evening’s game against the Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco took a hard line drive right to the face and was carted off the field. The 28-year-old righthander was struck in the left cheek by a comebacker from Chicago outfielder Melky Cabrera and immediately fell to the ground face-first. Carrasco tried to get his glove up to stop the ball but to no avail.
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Trainers and coaches rushed to Carrasco’s aid after play on the field was stopped, and the medical cart came in from behind the outfield wall. By the time the cart arrived at the mound, Carrasco was conscious and tending to his face. The pitcher was able to walk to the cart under his own power and was taken off the field.
In his first start of the 2015 season, Carrasco struck out ten while not allowing any runs over six innings to earn the win. Last season, he went 8-7 with 140 strikeouts in only 134 innings while splitting time between the bullpen and starting rotation. Cleveland gave Carrasco a 4-year/$22 million contract recently and is relying on him to be one of their top starters for this season and beyond.
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