Carrasco leaves Indians camp for birth of fourth child

Starter's absence could delay announcement of rotation order

Carrasco leaves Indians camp for birth of fourth child

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Indians' pitching schedule had been aligned for right-hander Carlos Carrasco to slot into the second spot of the Opening Day rotation behind ace Corey Kluber. Carrasco's place within the rotation order is now a bit of an unknown.

On Saturday, Carrasco was scheduled to leave the team in order to fly home to Florida to be with his wife for the birth of his fourth child. Indians manager Terry Francona said Carrasco -- originally slated to start against the White Sox on Sunday -- will likely be away from the ballclub for a few days.

"We told him, 'Get out of here,'" Francona said.

Carrasco's personal situation might delay Cleveland's ability to announce the order of its rotation.

Right now, the only certainty is that Kluber will take the ball on April 6 for the Tribe's Opening Day game against the Astros in Houston. Carrasco and righty Trevor Bauer are locks for the rotation, while TJ House, Zach McAllister and Josh Tomlin are vying for the two available spots.

Francona said it will be difficult to reveal a rotation order until there is more clarity with Carrasco's return date.

"We'd like to get him back and kind of see, make sure everything goes OK," Francona said. "We've talked about some things. With Carlos leaving, it's hard to make decisions -- even though you talk about it -- officially, just until it's official. When we can, we will. We don't want to just hold out with these guys. We know the last week is hard for the players."

Carrasco evaluates his outing

Francona noted that Carrasco would get a throwing workout in on Saturday morning before heading to the airport. With Carrasco out of camp temporarily, House will start in his place against Chicago on Sunday. Bauer and Bruce Chen will start for the Indians on Monday and Tuesday, respectively.

This spring, the 28-year-old Carrasco has split his time between simulated games, Minor League outings and Cactus League starts. In two official spring starts, the right-hander had four strikeouts and a 2.70 ERA in 6 2/3 innings. In his most recent Minor League outing, Carrasco had 10 strikeouts, one hit allowed and no walks in 5 2/3 innings.

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