GOODYEAR, ARIZ.—Carlos Carrasco turned in a solid outing in a 4-2 win against the Los Angels in Cactus League play, but the Indians will be monitoring Jason Kipnis, who left a split-squad game against the San Francisco Giants.
Kipnis left the game following his first at-bat due to precautionary reasons after feeling tightness in his right calf, something he’s dealt with for much of the spring. Indians manager Terry Francona said the team would have an update on him on Thursday.
Middle infielder Eric Stamets, who could fill in for Francisco Lindor if he isn’t ready by Opening Day, also left the game due to precautionary reasons with left hip tightness.
“I think he’s OK,” Francona said. “It’s like a hip flexor, but he’s ready been examined. We were gonna play him tomorrow. I don’t think we’ll do that now. But I don’t think it’s anything more than that.”
Carrasco allowed two runs on six hits to go with his eight strikeouts.
“We’ve had springs in the past where he’s missed time and still been good, but he’s been really consistent this spring,” Francona said. “Things can happen and they do, but you rest a little easier at night when you can say Kluber, Bauer, Carrasco, Clevinger and Bieber. That helps.”
Offensively, Jordan Luplow led the way with a two-run home run in the first inning, his first of the spring. He finished 2-for-3 with three RBI.
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