The pitching line looked really strange Tuesday night for the Columbus Clippers.
Starter and RHP Carlos Carrasco had pitched 3 1/3 shutout innings then was suddenly taken out of the game.
With the July 31st trade deadline approaching, a situation like that tends to raise eyebrows.
But it turns out that Carrasco, who joined the Tribe in the Cliff Lee trade to Philadelphia last season, left the game in the fourth inning Tuesday night in Durham with pain in his right forearm.
According to the Columbus Dispatch, Clippers manager Mike Sarbaugh pulled Carrasco for precautionary reasons after seeing his reaction to his final pitch against the Bulls.
"He made a face and we could tell that something wasn't right," Sarbaugh told the Dispatch. "He wanted to stay in the game, but we wouldn't let him. I think it scared him more than anything else. (The pain) was high in his forearm. We're going to see how he feels today and go from there."
Carrasco had been pitching well before the sudden pain, limiting Durham to just two harmless hits with five strikeouts and no walks.
* With the Clippers bullpen saddled with finishing Tuesday's the game, LHP Jeremy Sowers struggled in his three-inning stint - dishing up seven runs on 11 hits to take the loss. Having failed as a starter, Sowers' last shot to reach the majors again is via the bullpen. But so far this season he's gone 1-6 with a hefty 6.86 ERA in 23 games (two starts).