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AL Central update: Carlos Carrasco, Justin Verlander, Alex Rios

After taking a line drive to the face last night, Carlos Carrasco does not look to be in line for a trip to the disabled list.

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The news is good for Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco after he was hit in the face by a line drive off the bat of Melky Cabrera in the first inning of last night's game.

X-rays were negative and Carrasco showed no signs of a concussion last night, and it appears he will have his next start pushed back by just one day, according to ESPN:

It is a rare bit of good news on the injury front for Cleveland, a team that has been ravaged by injuries so far in 2015,with catcher Yan Gomes on the DL and outfielder Michael Brantley missing time already this season.

Keeping Carrasco in the rotation means Cleveland will not have to dig into its pitching depth, keeping the likes of Danny Salazar and Bruce Chen in Triple-A for the time being.

Central W L
Kansas City 7 0
Detroit 7 1
Chi White Sox 3 4
Cleveland 2 5
Minnesota 1 6

AL Central News & Notes 4/15:

  • When he does make it back into Detroit's rotation, Verlander will be looking to bounce back from a rough 2014 season that saw him post a 4.54 ERA, his highest since 2008, in 206 innings. He also saw his K/9 drop to 6.9, the lowest mark since his rookie season in 2006.
  • After placing Alex Rios on the 15-day DL with a broken hand, the Royals have called up outfielder Terrance Gore from Double-A Northwest Arkansas. Gore had five stolen bases and five runs scored in 11 regular season games, despite recording just two plate appearances. He also had three steals and scored a pair of runs as a pinch runner for the Royals in the postseason.
  • As of now, Royals manager Ned Yost said he plans to platoon righty Jarrod Dyson and lefty Paulo Orlando in Rios' spot in the lineup and use Gore off the bench, according to ESPN's Jim Bowden.