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Carlos Carrasco out for season with broken hand

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Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco is done for the remainder of the season, including the playoffs, due to a broken hand

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Carlos Carrasco, starting pitcher for the Cleveland Indians, will miss the remainder of the 2016 season, including the playoffs, due to a broken hand suffered today.

This is a pretty significant blow for the Indians, who are currently leading the American League Central, and are fighting the Texas Rangers for the best record in the American League.  Cleveland has been seen as major threat in the playoffs due to their potent top three rotation members -- Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, and Danny Salazar.  The Indians currently have Salazar on the shelf for the rest of the regular season, though he could come back for the playoffs, but the absence of Carrasco presents a major difficulty for Cleveland.

Compounding the problem for the Indians is that starting catcher Yan Gomes will miss the rest of the season, including the playoffs, according to news that also came out today.  The Indians, of course, originally had agreed to a trade to acquire Jonathan Lucroy from the Milwaukee Brewers in late July, but Lucroy exercised his no-trade clause, resulting in the Brewers doing a deal instead with Texas.