Carlos Carrasco records four strikeouts in scoreless second rehab appearance with Akron RubberDucks

AKRON, Ohio – Cleveland Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco made his second rehab appearance with the Akron RubberDucks on Thursday at Canal Park, and built on his performance from earlier this week.

Carrasco, who has been sidelined since May with what was diagnosed as leukemia, threw 25 pitches over 1.2 innings for the RubberDucks against the Richmond Flying Squirrels, the San Francisco Giants’ Class AA affiliate. Carrasco came in to start the fifth, and struck out his first two batters. Returning in the sixth, he whiffed two more batters before being removed without allowing a base-runner.

He received another standing ovation from the Akron fans when he took the mound.

“Pretty much we want a little bit longer innings so I can get (used) to my body a little bit more, and that’s what happened,” Carrasco said. “But I feel great.”

Carrasco is focused on getting his body prepared to return to the majors, saying his curve and change-up were working well Thursday night.

“Everything that I did these two games right here, that’s what I’m looking for,” Carrasco said. “

After Carrasco finished the fifth, he said he wondered whether he’d be able to build on his performance in the sixth. But the transition from one inning to the next went well.

He said he doesn’t know what’s next in his rehab.

“I feel great, happy,” Carrasco said. “Same guy that I’ve been before. I’m glad to get the opportunity to pitch again.”

On Monday, Carrasco threw 16 pitches in an inning of relief in his first rehab appearance with the RubberDucks. He walked one and struck out one. Monday was his first time pitching in a game since May 30, and his first pitch clocked in at 97 mph.

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