Sunday, April 24, 2011

Testing time

The Indians Sunday concluded a dreary road trip to Kansas City and Minnesota. They lost four of the six games they played on the trip, including both of the games they played against the Twins. They started the trip down one starting pitcher, and they may return home down a second starting pitcher.

With Mitch Talbot already on the disabled list with a sore elbow, the last thing the Indians need is for another starter to go on the DL, but Carlos Carrasco could be headed there, with a similar injury, no less. Carrasco was removed from Sunday's game with "tightness" in his elbow. He will be examined by Tribe doctors on Monday's off day.

Whether or not Carrasco joins Talbot on the DL remains to be seen, but it's obvious that the next couple of weeks is going to be a good test for the resiliancy and depth of the Indians' roster. If Carrasco is placed on the DL, a potential replacement would be former No.1 pick Alex White, who is off to a strong start at Columbus, where he has a 2.00 ERA in his first three starts.

Another area of potential concern is second base, where veteran Orlando Cabrera made a critical error in the seventh inning Sunday that led to a two-run Minnesota rally. Cabrera is a gamer, but as the season unfolds, we're beginning to see a lack of range in him that could be a potential problem as it relates to the Indians' infield defense, on which the Indians' starting rotation is so dependent.

The Indians come home now to play six games with Central Division rivals Kansas City and Detroit before leaving on another west coast trip. The next two weeks should be very interesting.


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