CLEVELAND: It’s far too early to come to conclusions, but the Indians’ rotation might receive a boost from the farm system.
It is expected that Carlos Carrasco will be ready to participate in spring training after undergoing elbow reconstruction surgery in August of 2011.
Hector Rondon, now 24 and once a bright prospect, has endured elbow reconstruction surgery and surgery to repair a broken right arm (last December) but has begun pitching in the minor leagues.
Reports are that Carrasco is throwing 94 and 95 mph fastballs at the Tribe’s spring training headquarters in Goodyear, Ariz, and that Rondon was clocked at 97 pitching for the Arizona League Indians. In his last outing, he struck out five in two innings.
Carrasco already has big-league experience and probably will contend for a spot in the rotation in spring training. Rondon’s status is more uncertain. Not only is it unclear where he would start next season, but he can be a minor-league free agent in September and would not have to re-sign with the Indians.
“If Rondon came to camp and made an impression, who knows what would happen?” Acta said. “But right now, I really don’t know where he might be sent to start the season.”
AKRON ON HIS ITINERARY — When Lonnie Chisenhall is ready to begin a rehab assignment, he will go to the Double-A Aeros.
Why? Because the Aeros are virtually certain to make the Eastern League playoffs, giving Chisenhall a few more chances to scrub the rust off his game. However, there has been no date set for Chisenhall to play. He is recovering from a broken right wrist sustained late in June and has begun taking batting practice.
PITCHER HONORED — Carolina right-hander Jordan Cooper has been named by the Tribe as its Minor League Player of the Week for going 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA last week. Cooper gave up 11 hits and one walk in 12 innings, striking out nine in two starts.
For the season, he is 8-8 with a 3.73 ERA in 30 appearances, including six starts.
FARM FACTS — Mason Radeke gave up two runs, four hits and no walks in seven innings, as Lake County beat Great Lakes 4-3 in Class A. Jordan Smith hit his ninth homer of the season and doubled, and Jose Ramirez doubled, singled and drove in three runs.
— Sheldon Ocker