MLB suspends Cleveland's Carlos Carrasco eight games for hitting Kevin YoukilisIndians righty also fined undisclosed amount for plunking Youkilis on Tuesday
Joe Garagiola, Jr., Senior Vice President of Standards and On-Field Operations for Major League Baseball, made the announcement in an official release Friday afternoon.
Carrasco hit Youkilis during the fourth inning of Tuesday’s game, one batter after Robinson Cano homered to give the Yankees a 7-0 lead. The righty was summarily ejected by home plate umpire Jordan Baker, and later said that he didn’t throw at Youkilis intentionally.
"I know it doesn't look good," Carrasco 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."
Tuesday’s start was Carrasco’s first in the Majors since August 2011, as the 26-year-old missed all of 2012 after undergoing Tommy John surgery, but its result was not his first suspension for throwing at a batter; he earned a five-game suspension for an incident prior that saw him throw at Kansas City’s Billy Butler in July 2011, and he served that ban at the beginning of 2013.
Carrasco was optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Wednesday when the Indians called up RHP Corey Kluber to start a game that was eventually rained out, but his suspension must be served in the Majors, so he is eligible to pitch for the Clippers.
According to MLB’s release, unless the ban is appealed, Carrasco is scheduled to begin serving his suspension upon being recalled to the Major League level. If Carrasco elects to file an appeal, then the discipline issued to him will be held in abeyance until the process is complete.
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