Indians' Carlos Carrasco recalls scary moment

Indians' Carlos Carrasco recalls scary moment
Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco is carted off the field after being hit in the face by a Melky Cabrera line drive. (Jason Miller / Getty Images)

Cleveland Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco realizes how fortunate he was to escape serious injury after being struck in the face by a line drive Tuesday.

"It's part of the game," Carrasco said. "I got a scare, but everything came out OK."


Carrasco doesn't recall being hit by Melky Cabrera's line drive in the first inning of Cleveland's 4-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox. The ball glanced off his glove and right hand before hitting him on the right side of the face. Carrasco fell to the ground in front of the mound and suffered a bruised jaw.

Manager Terry Francona and athletic trainer James Quinlan rushed to Carrasco, as did several teammates.

"I remember James came to me and started talking," Carrasco said. "That's the part I remember. When I got hit I saw everything blurry and I blacked out."

Carrasco said both sides of his face were sore but he felt fine otherwise.

Francona said Carrasco will have his next start pushed back from Sunday at Minnesota to Monday at the White Sox.

"It's already behind me. I'm getting ready for my next start," Carrasco said.

Carrasco watched a replay Wednesday morning, but has no plans of seeing it again.

"It's in the past," he said with a laugh.

Carrasco was carted off the field and was taken to a hospital. X-rays and a CT scan were negative.

Strained hamstring sends Mets' David Wright to the disabled list

The New York Mets put third baseman David Wright on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday because of a strained right hamstring.

Wright, a seven-time All-Star, suffered the injury Tuesday while stealing second base.

"It's disappointing anytime you have to go on the DL and miss games," Wright said. "But if there's a silver lining, I guess it could have been worse."

Eric Campbell was recalled from triple-A Las Vegas to fill in at third base.


Diamondbacks recall Yasmany Tomas

The Arizona Diamondbacks recalled outfielder Yasmany Tomas from triple-A Reno.

Arizona signed the 24-year-old Cuban defector to a $68.5-million, six-year deal in December.

General Manager Dave Stewart said Tomas would come off the bench to hit and could also play in the outfield or at third base against left-handed pitchers.

No real changes in MLB's diversity numbers

Major League Baseball maintained its grades for its racial and gender hiring practices, but its percentage of African American players remained only slightly above a study's low set in the 2007 season.

The annual report, issued Wednesday by Richard Lapchick's Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida, gave MLB an A grade in racial hiring and C in gender hiring.

The rosters on opening day had 8.3% of players who identified as African American. The figure was 8.2% last year, which equaled the study low set in 2007. It has not been 10% since 2002.

MLB managers identifying as a racial minority dropped from 16.7% (five) in 2014 to 6.7% (two) this year.

There were also only two Latino, one African American and one Asian general manager at the start of this season.

In April 2013, MLB instituted a task force to consider ways to increase diversity in the game, especially among African American players.

A total of 41.2% of players in the major leagues are made up of minorities. The number of Latino players increased from from 28.4% in 2014 to 29.3% in 2015.

According to MLB, of the 538 front-office employees in its league office, 9.5% (51) are African American, 12.8% (69) are Latino, 3.2% (17) are Asian and 2.2% (12) were classified as American Indian and "two or more races."

The number of women in the league office is 29.4% (158); it was 30% (157) in 2014. The percentage of women in the league office has declined each year since 2006, when it was 42.9%.