Carlos Carrasco cannot escape his past. MLB's long arm of the law will see to that.

Whenever Carrasco arrives in the big leagues with the Indians this year, a six-game suspension will await him. Carrasco received the suspension for throwing at Kansas City's Billy Butler on July 29, 2011, at Progressive Field. Carrasco appealed the suspension and made one more start, but injured his right elbow and needed Tommy John surgery.

Carrasco missed last season while recovering from the operation. This spring he's in the running to win a spot in the starting rotation. If not this spring, then certainly sometime during the season.

"I have no doubt he'll have to serve it," said GM Chris Antonetti. "What we're working on is trying to find out when he'd have to serve it. We're trying to get some clarity on that."