After throwing a pregame bullpen session, Carlos Carrasco ventured into the Canal Park home clubhouse. Carrasco, Saturday’s starter for the RubberDucks, made it just in time to watch the end of the Indians’ Saturday afternoon game against the Oakland Athletics, a 7-2 loss.

Carrasco shouldn’t have been at Canal Park on Saturday. Instead of preparing for the Altoona Curve, Carrasco should have been in Southern California with the Indians, spending his afternoon sending baffled Athletics back to their dugout.

Instead, Carrasco spent his Saturday perplexing members of the Curve, a byproduct of a line drive off the bat of Minnesota Twins first baseman Joe Mauer on June 16. Carrasco, who was diagnosed with a right elbow contusion after sustaining the line drive, threw four scoreless innings for the Ducks.

“I’m feeling great,” Carrasco said after the outing. “I threw [all four] of my pitches. Change-up was good, I threw it really well tonight.”

Carrasco threw 58 pitches, 38 of which were strikes. Carrasco allowed one hit, one walk and struck out four with his fastball topping out at 97 miles per hour in the Ducks’ 7-5 loss to the Curve in 10 innings.

Mauer’s line drive was the second comebacker to hit Carrasco in three years. Luckily for the Indians, the location and timing of this comebacker proved to be more opportune.

Carrasco’s 2016 season ended on Sept. 17 when he took a 95 mph line drive by Ian Kinsler off his right hand, fracturing the fifth metacarpal. Carrasco watched the Indians’ 2016 playoff run in a sweatshirt, with the Indians’ lack of pitching depth rearing its head in their World Series loss to the Chicago Cubs.

Carrasco doesn’t let the thought of being hit occupy any space in his mind.

“It is what it is. The worst was in 2016 and this year because it was my pitching arm. I’ve moved on and I can’t wait to pitch [for the Indians] next week,” he said.

For Carrasco, June’s comebacker immediately felt different than the one he sustained in 2016.

“2016 was terrible because it broke my hand, this one was just a bruise,” Carrasco said. “It just made my bone bigger. I’m glad everything’s fine.”

Saturday was Carrasco’s third career start at Canal Park. On June 27, 2008, the then 21-year-old Carrasco started against the Akron Aeros, giving up a home run and four RBI to former Indians first-round-pick Trevor Crowe in a 16-6 Aeros win.

He also threw a four-inning rehab start in 2016 during a 3-2 RubberDucks win.

In April 2015 Carrasco sustained a jaw contusion when was hit in the jaw by a line drive off the bat of Melky Cabrera that caused him to miss a week.

Carrasco was joined by some familiar faces in Akron, as both Wili Castro and Bobby Bradley spent time in the major league camp in spring training.

“I saw a lot of these guys in spring training,” he said.

“I’m just happy to see these guys again, it was a great time.”

After Saturday, Carrasco and the RubberDucks will most likely part ways for the foreseeable future. Carrasco expects to rejoin a pitching staff with a 3.90 ERA, the sixth best in the American League.

He had some encouraging words for the Ducks.

“Happy to see everyone healthy, that’s the most important part,” he said.

“Enjoy this because it’s not forever. Try to enjoy it as much as you can.”