Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco has been suspended eight games by Major League Baseball for hitting the Yankees' Kevin Youkilis with a pitch Tuesday night against the Yankees at Progressive Field. The suspension, which came with an undisclosed fine, was announced Friday afternoon. It is Carrasco's second in three years. Carrasco, making his first start in the majors since Aug. 3, 2011, was ejected after drilling Youkilis in the shoulder blade in the fourth inning of a 14-1 loss. On Carrasco's previous pitch, Robinson Cano hit a two-run homer for a 7-0 lead. Carrasco had just finished serving a five-game suspension dating to July 2011 for throwing over the head of Kansas City's Billy Butler. The Indians optioned Carrasco to Class AAA Columbus on Wednesday. They did not send him down because of the incident, but because they needed to make room for right-hander Corey Kluber. Rain wiped out Kluber's scheduled start Wednesday night. Sensing Carrasco might be in trouble, Tribe manager Terry Francona wanted to talk to Joe Torre, MLB's dean of discipline. Torre was traveling Wednesday and the two were expected to speak Thursday. After Tuesday's game, Carrasco told reporters that he didn't mean to plunk Youkilis. "I know it doesn't look good," he said. "I want to say I'm sorry. I didn't want to hit anybody. I slipped (on the pitch that hit Youkilis). That's the truth. I was throwing 95-96 mph the whole game. I slipped and threw 90." Youkilis said: "When that comes after we score seven runs, it doesn't look good. But I'm not here to decipher such things. I'm here to play baseball."
Indians' Carlos Carrasco draws eight-game suspension, fine
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Apr 12