CLEVELAND — Carlos Carrasco is still on the injured list after being diagnosed with a blood condition and stepping away from pitching, although the Indians right-hander is playing catch.
Carrasco was placed on the non-baseball, medical condition injured list on June 5. The team released a statement saying he had been diagnosed with a blood condition, but that Carrasco would decide when he felt comfortable sharing details of the condition. He has yet to speak with the media and still has no timetable for his return.
He largely has stepped away from pitching in order to seek treatment options and information, and the Indians have given him their blessing to do so and take the time he needs.
Lately, Carrasco has been playing some catch, which isn't necessarily the start to a throwing program or anything of that nature but instead is simply an activity as he deals with the condition.
"They encouraged him to do [play some catch]," manager Terry Francona said. "I think they think, one, it’s good for him because it’s something he enjoys. It’s not gonna hurt him in any way and they’ve encouraged him to have activity. ... And I think we all feel like it’s really not just good for his arm, but good for his brain and good for his psyche and everything.”
Before being placed on the injured list, Carrasco was 4-6 and had a 4.98 ERA with 79 strikeouts in 65 innings. According to the release from the team, Carrasco had been feeling sluggish before getting a checkup that led to his diagnosis of a blood condition.
Outfielder Bradley Zimmer, who is rehabbing from offseason shoulder surgery and recently sustained a setback in Arizona, is now hitting with no issues and has resumed throwing to 60 feet, according to the club, but no time timetable has been established for his return.
Danny Salazar (right shoulder) tossed a simulated game on Tuesday in Arizona as he continues to work his way back while upping his volume. He has yet to appear in a rehab assignment but could be nearing that point.
Jefry Rodriguez, dealing with a right shoulder strain, is set to play catch in Cleveland and then go to Arizona to continue his rehab while the team deals with everything needed to begin preparations for hosting the All-Star Game festivities, including a regular schedule for his throwing program.
And Corey Kluber, who has been able to do some exercises but no throwing after having the ulna bone in his right arm broken by a comebacker on May 1, is set for another checkup on Thursday.
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