Carlos Carrasco struck by comebacker, breaks pinkie finger

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

CLEVELAND -- Indianspitcher Carlos Carrascosuffered a nondisplaced fracture in his right pinkie finger when he was hit by a line drive off the bat of Detroit's Ian Kinsler on the second pitch of Saturday's 1-0, 10-inning victory over the Tigers.

Indians manager Terry Francona said after the game that the right-hander will miss the remainder of the season.

Francona and a team trainer immediately went to the mound after Carrasco was hit. The trainer worked with Carrasco to get the feeling back in his hand for several moments before the pitcher walked off the field. X-rays showed the break.

Jeff Manship replaced Carrasco after the infield hit. Using a major league-record nine pitchers in a shutout of nine or more innings since at least 1913, Cleveland opened an eight-game lead over second-place Detroit in the American League Central.

"Right when it happened, I called [bullpen coach Jason Bere] down there and said, 'Tell them to put their seat belts on. Because they're all going to pitch, and we're going to win,'" Francona said. "I mean, Carrasco aside, that was a fun game to be a part of."

Cleveland has seen its rotation hit by injuries.

Carrasco missed six weeks earlier this season with a strained left hamstring, and right-hander Danny Salazar is expected to miss the rest of the season with a strained forearm. Josh Tomlin has returned to the rotation after going winless in August.

"But it will make this more challenging, what we're trying to do," Francona said. "When we do it, it will feel all that much better."

On Saturday, the Indians said catcher Yan Gomes will miss six to eight weeks with a broken right wrist, likely ending his injury-plagued season. Gomes sustained a nondisplaced fracture when he was hit by a pitch Wednesday night while on a rehab assignment for Double-A Akron. He was examined by a hand specialist Friday and will not need surgery.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.