Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco has had terrible luck with comebackers

Cleveland Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco has had some terrible luck with line drive comebackers over the years. Unfortunately, his poor luck continued Saturday when he was struck again  by a liner off the bat of Minnesota Twins first baseman Joe Mauer.

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The rocket, which was recorded at 99.6 mph, struck Carrasco on the right forearm.

Carrasco was clearly in pain as he crumpled to one knee. He was equally frustrated. The team later announced Carrasco suffered a contusion and was headed to the hospital for X-Rays. Fortunately, those turned out negative. While his luck was bad, it obviously could have been worse. He was placed on the 10-day disabled list Sunday.

Carrasco was off to a rough start in Saturday’s game. He allowed four first-inning runs and was injured one out into the second inning. He took the loss as Cleveland fell 9-3.

Carlos Carrasco’s previous bad luck on comebackers

It wasn’t the first time Carrasco’s been struck by a comebacker during his MLB career. It wasn’t the second time either. It’s actually the third time Carrasco has taken a direct hit, with all three coming over the last four seasons.

In 2016, Carrasco’s season abruptly ended on a line drive off the bat of Ian Kinsler. Carrasco was diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture of the fifth metacarpal in his pitching hand. The timing couldn’t have been any worse. The Indians were two weeks away from the postseason. A postseason where they’d ultimately lose three World Series-clinching games to the Chicago Cubs.

Having a healthy Carrasco available for any of them definitely would have helped.

One year prior, Carrasco took a Melky Cabrera line drive off the face during a start against the Chicago White Sox.

Carrasco walked away from that incident with a jaw contusion.

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CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 16: Starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco #59 of the Cleveland Indians gets attention from a trainer after being hit by a line drive off the bat of Joe Mauer #7 of the Minnesota Twins during the second inning at Progressive Field on June 16, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio.(Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 16: Starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco #59 of the Cleveland Indians gets attention from a trainer after being hit by a line drive off the bat of Joe Mauer #7 of the Minnesota Twins during the second inning at Progressive Field on June 16, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio.(Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 16: Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco (59) is examined by a member of the Indians training staff as Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona (77) looks on after being hit in the pitching arm by a line drive off the bat of Minnesota Twins first baseman Joe Mauer (7) (not pictured) during the second inning of the Major League Baseball game between the Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians on June 16, 2018, at Progressive Field in Cleveland, OH. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 16: Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco (59) leaves the field with a member of the Indians training staff followed by Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona (77) after being hit in the pitching arm by a line drive off the bat of Minnesota Twins first baseman Joe Mauer (7) (not pictured) during the second inning of the Major League Baseball game between the Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians on June 16, 2018, at Progressive Field in Cleveland, OH. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 17: Carlos Carrasco #59 of the Cleveland Indians is is visited at the mound by Manager Terry Francona #17 after being hit by a line drive by Ian Kinsler #3 of the Detroit Tigers in the first inning at Progressive Field on September 17, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 17: Carlos Carrasco #59 of the Cleveland Indians is tended to by a trainer after being hit by a line drive by Ian Kinsler #3 of the Detroit Tigers in the first inning at Progressive Field on September 17, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. Carasco did not return to the game. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 17: Carlos Carrasco #59 of the Cleveland Indians is tended to by a trainer after being hit by a line drive by Ian Kinsler #3 of the Detroit Tigers in the first inning at Progressive Field on September 17, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. Carasco did not return to the game. The Indians defeated the Tigers 1-0 in 10 innings. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 17: Carlos Carrasco #59 of the Cleveland Indians is tended to by a trainer after being hit by a line drive by Ian Kinsler #3 of the Detroit Tigers in the first inning at Progressive Field on September 17, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. Carasco did not return to the game. The Indians defeated the Tigers 1-0 in 10 innings. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 14: Starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco #59 of the Cleveland Indians is helped up by team trainers after being hit in the face by a line drive off the bat of Melky Cabrera of the Chicago White Sox during the first inning at Progressive Field on April 14, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 14: Starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco #59 of the Cleveland Indians lies on the ground after being hit in the face by a line drive off the bat of Melky Cabrera of the Chicago White Sox during the first inning at Progressive Field on April 14, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 14: Starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco #59 of the Cleveland Indians is assisted off the field by team trainers after being hit in the face by a line drive off the bat of Melky Cabrera #53 of the Chicago White Sox during the first inning at Progressive Field on April 14, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 14: Starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco #59 of the Cleveland Indians is assisted off the field by team trainers after being hit in the face by a line drive off the bat of Melky Cabrera #53 of the Chicago White Sox during the first inning at Progressive Field on April 14, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 14: Starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco #59 of the Cleveland Indians is helped off the field after being hit in the face by a line drive off the bat of Melky Cabrera of the Chicago White Sox during the first inning at Progressive Field on April 14, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 14: Starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco #59 of the Cleveland Indians is helped off the field after being hit in the face by a line drive off the bat of Melky Cabrera of the Chicago White Sox during the first inning at Progressive Field on April 14, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Sometime we forget how dangerous it can be for pitchers when the stand 60-feet, six-inches from home plate. Carrasco knows that danger all too well. Here’s hoping he’ll bounce back quickly and put his tough luck behind him.

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