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|The Indians caught a lucky break. Carlos Carrasco is only bruised. An MRI taken Monday revealed that Cleveland’s steady starter only suffered a bruised right elbow when he was struck by a vicious line drive on Saturday against Minnesota.
”We dodged a huge bullet Ja'Wuan James Jersey ,” said relieved Indians manager Terry Francona.
Carrasco, who has previously sustained serious injuries after being hit by comebackers, will be treated for swelling over the next 48 hours before being evaluated on Wednesday.
At this point, it’s expected that Carrasco will return to the rotation and mound once his stint on the disabled list ends.
”He still got hit really hard and there’s some trauma,” Francona said before the Indians opened a three-game series with the Chicago White Sox. ”The hope would be, once he gets the swelling out of there, that he’ll come quick because it’s a bruise and it could have been a lot worse.”
In the second inning on Saturday, Twins star Joe Mauer hit a line drive that Carrasco couldn’t avoid. The 31-year-old, who has been one of the AL’s most consistent pitchers the past three seasons, braced himself before absorbing the liner. He was forced to leave the game and taken to the hospital.
Carrrasco has a history of being hit on the mound. He was struck in the face in 2015 and then missed the 2016 playoffs after breaking his hand Javorius Allen Jersey , a blow that left the Indians short one of their top pitchers during their run to the World Series.
But despite Carrasco’s track record of being a target, Francona isn’t worried about the 31-year-old showing any jitters when he pitches.
”He’s been hit before and you think, `OK will it bother him?”’ Francona said. ”He’s been hit before so I think he’s champing at the bit to get this out of there and start pitching again. It’s easy to tell him, `Hey, don’t worry about it.’ I’m not the one standing out there.
”This is fourth time, and I’ve never seen any ill effects before and I don’t anticipate any going forward. I think he’s just glad that it’s a bruise and see how quick he can get better.”
Francona chalked up Carrasco’s mound misfortune to bad luck.
”I do think there are pitchers that put themselves in a position where they are not able to field their position, but Carlos is fine,” Francona said. ”He lands flat and he’s in a really good position, most of the time. The fact that he could get his hand up and kind of block it and not hit somewhere else.”
Aaron Rodgers sounds as if he's more worried about swimming with sharks than a new contract.
Starting training camp without an extension from the Green Bay Packers is not really that big a deal to the two-time NFL MVP.
"I've seen a lot of stuff you guys have either written or that's been written about it," Rodgers said Thursday. "I talk with my agent daily Jarran Reed Jersey , so I'm aware of conversations. But I'm really not too worried about it."
He's under contract through the 2019 season, though NFL salaries continue to escalate. Star receiver Julio Jones showed up for Atlanta Falcons camp on Thursday after the sides reached agreement to renegotiate Jones' deal next year, avoiding a potential holdout.
Not Rodgers' style.
"I don't really operate like that. I have two years left on my deal," Rodgers said when asked if he could consider holding out to turn up pressure. "They're obviously more than willing to talk about an extension. There wasn't any animosity on either side."
Team president Mark Murphy is hopeful there will be an agreement, too, at some point.
"I don't want to put a timeframe on it, but I'm confident we'll work it out," Murphy said after the Packers' annual shareholders meeting on Wednesday night.
So there was Rodgers back to work for the first day of camp on Thursday. One of his first throws was a deep pass for receiver Randall Cobb, who was covered tightly by Kevin King. The cornerback went up and wrestled for the ball before appearing to come away with the pick.
"That wasn't an interception," Rodgers said.
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The quarterback fed his curiosity too when he appeared on an episode of the Discovery Channel show "Monster Tag " in which he put on scuba gear and dove into the Pacific Ocean to help tag a blue shark . It was a Shark Week special on the network, in which scientists studied sharks and ways to help preserve the population.
It might be easier to stiff arm a linebacker.
"I'm a lot more scared in the water," Rodgers said.
Staying upright in the pocket seems as if it's a less stressful task. Protection could get a huge boost if 6-foot-5 veteran right tackle Bryan Bulaga remains on track to come back from a right ACL injury.
The right side of the line was in question in the offseason after Bulaga got hurt last season. He has progressed well enough to the point that coach Mike McCarthy hopes that Bulaga will be ready for Week 1, even if the tackle is starting camp on the physically unable to perform list as a precaution.
Getting Bulaga back would leave right guard as the only position up front for the Packers to find a new starter after Jahri Evans wasn't re-signed as a free agent.
"I'm optimistic about it, yeah," Bulaga said about targeting the season opener. "Yeah I'm disappointed that I started on PUP. Been a tough road rehabbing and getting back to this point ... but that's part of the process and I've got to keep going."
Notes: King, the team's top draft pick last year, also broke up a pass to Geronimo Allison on the next play after his interception. King played through a shoulder injury for much of last season before getting shut down in December. Healthy again, King displayed the type of talent that makes the Packers hopeful that they can improve in the secondary this season. "I made a couple plays where I got tangled up and had to go to the ground. I feel good," King said. ... McCarthy said he also thinks veteran OLB Nick Perry (ankle) will be ready for the season opener after starting camp on the PUP list. ... OLB Clay Matthews may wear a visor on his helmet this season to help protect his surgically repaired nose. It got broken last month during a charity softball game after Matthews Taron Johnson Jersey , who was pitching, was hit by a line drive by teammate Lucas Patrick. "So I ate it, walked off the field so as to not create mass hysteria, and proceeded to go through the route of surgery and all that fun stuff," Matthews said wryly in recounting the accident. "So two weeks I'll never get back thanks to Lucas Patrick over there."
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