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Carrasco to start in finale against White Sox

By Sheldon Published: August 31, 2010

CLEVELAND: Most of the Indians' September callups will have to wait for Columbus' regular season and any possible playoff run to end.

Carlos Carrasco is the exception. The 23-year-old right-hander obtained from Philadelphia last year in the Cliff Lee deal will report to Progressive Field and start Wednesday's noon game against the White Sox.

""Cabrera is the only guy we're going to call-up now,'' manager Manny Acta said this afternoon. ""However, we might also call up a reliever. We're headed in that direction. In the series against Kansas City, our bullpen got beat up a little, and Mitch Talbot only went five innings last night.''

Carrasco is 10-6 with a 3.65 earned-run average in Triple-A. In 150 1/3 innings, he has given up 139 hits and 45 walks, while striking out 133.

""He's going to start every five days, and I'm looking forward to seeing him,'' Acta said. ""He's had a tremendous year in Triple-A. He's done everything we could have asked at that level. I know he had a rough time when he was here last September, but some people felt he was tired.''

Carrasco made five starts for the Tribe last September and posted an 0-4 record and 8.85 ERA.

Matt LaPorta is not in tonight's starting lineup, but Acta expects him to play on Wednesday.

""He did a lot of drills today, including agility drills,'' the manager said. ""He's available to pinch hit tonight. And unless he comes to the ballpark in a lot of pain, he should be in the lineup tomorrow.''

LaPorta left Sunday's game with a sore left hip.


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