Carrasco scratched, sent home with flu-like symptoms

Right-hander is one of many Indians players dealing with illness

Carrasco scratched, sent home with flu-like symptoms

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- A flu bug has been making its way around the Indians' clubhouse this spring, sidelining a variety of players up and down the roster. On Saturday, right-hander Carlos Carrasco was the latest victim of Cleveland's spring nemesis.

Carrasco was scratched from Saturday's start against the Dodgers and sent home due to the illness, necessitating the Indians to start lefty Bruce Chen in his place. Lonnie Chisenhall, Corey Kluber, Brandon Moss and Zach Walters are among the other players who have been knocked out for at least a day this spring by the stomach virus.

Indians manager Terry Francona said the team is doing what it can to hopefully stop the issue.

"The best way is to not have guys show up, because they're contagious," Francona quipped. "But we've got to get ready for a season. I know the clubbies and the medical people, they're handing out those sanitary things all over the place. It's just kind of the way it is when you put 63 guys in a room together."

Moss was held out of the lineup on Friday and Saturday due to flu-like symptoms, but Francona noted that the outfielder was "starting to feel human" again. Moss might be cleared to return to the lineup on Sunday, while Carrasco's throwing schedule is in flux for the time being.

Here are more notes and quotes from Saturday morning:

• Francona enjoyed getting a close look at outfield prospect Clint Frazier (No. 2 among MLB.com's Top 30 Indians prospects) during Friday's 7-4 split-squad win over the Cubs. Playing in his first Major League game, Frazier launched a three-run home run for Cleveland.

Top Prospects: Frazier, CLE

"We don't know what he is yet," Francona said. "Obviously, he's got good power. There's some swing and miss. But he's so young and, as he goes through levels, it'll be interesting to see what adjustments he makes and what kind of hitter he turns in to, because I don't think anybody knows."

• Lefty T.J. House (4 2/3 innings, one run allowed) and righty Zach McAllister (four scoreless innings) pitched well for the Indians in Friday's split-squad games against the Cubs and D-backs, respectively. House, McAllister, Danny Salazar, Josh Tomlin, Shaun Marcum and Chen are competing for two openings in the rotation.

"These guys, they obviously showed up in shape," Francona said, "and they're throwing the ball well, so that's good. Healthy competition is good, and then we'll figure out what best suits our ballclub."

• Francona noted that right-hander Gavin Floyd (re-fractured right elbow) is "nearing a decision" about the next step in his latest comeback attempt. Said Francona: "He is still trying to think through what he may want to do. I do think he's getting closer."

• Veteran Ryan Raburn (left knee soreness) returned to the starting lineup for the Indians for Saturday's game against the Dodgers. Third-base prospect Giovanny Urshela (back stiffness) remained out for the third straight game. Tomlin was also scheduled to throw two innings in the game after a recent bout with right shoulder soreness.

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