Carrasco and the crowns: Synapse gap.
Carlos Carrasco made his season-debut Tuesday night after serving a long-delayed six-game suspension for intentionally hitting a batter. After his performance against the Yankees, it won’t be a shock to see him serve another.
Carrasco was ejected from the game with two out in the fourth inning after he drilled Kevin Youkilis in the back of his left shoulder one pitch after Robinson Cano took the righthander deep.
“No one ever knows if a guy truly does it on purpose, but he just came back from a six-day suspension,” Joe Girardi said. “If it was on purpose, it’s probably going to be longer and it’s not a good idea. If it wasn’t, it looks like it was. Either way, it doesn’t look good.”
Carrasco was suspended six games for an August 2011 incident in which he drilled a batter following a home run. Carrasco underwent Tommy John surgery before he could serve the penalty, so it carried over to this season.
Youkilis stood at the plate and shook off the drilling while home plate umpire Jordan Baker tossed the Indians hurler. Terry Francona came out and argued briefly, but the decision had already been made.
“He was throwing 96-97 all night and, I think if you look at the video, he slipped and he threw it 90,” Francona said. “I can see, under the circumstances, that it didnt look good.”
Carrasco, who went to Francona and apologized for the ejection, said after the game he felt bad about hitting Youkilis, insisting there was no intent behind the pitch.
“I don’t want to do anything bad,” Carrasco said. “I waited a year and a half to get my suspension [done] and everything. I don’t want to do that again. I don’t want to be suspended.”