CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – CARLOS GETS THE NOD: Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco will start on Tuesday at Progressive Field as the Indians entertain the New York Yankees.
The Tribe hurler will start for the injured Scott Kazmir, who remains on the DL for another 11 days with a right rib cage strain. The decision to go with Carrasco makes sense since he was the one Kazmir beat out for the 5th starting rotation position.
“We’ll get him in here, have him throw a side session and he’ll be ready for Tuesday,” said Indians manager Terry Francona. “He threw a simulated game and he’s ready to go.”
Carrasco started the season on the Indians 25-man roster, but was serving a six-game suspension for hitting Royals DH Billy Butler with a pitch back in 2011 before he had Tommy John surgery.
The pitcher officially won’t be eligible to pitch until after Sunday’s game against the Rays, when his suspension will be completed.
MATCHING UP WITH THE YANKEES: The Tribe and New York will start the Indians home slate of the 2013 season with a four-game set at Progressive Field starting on Monday.
The series will feature the following pitching matchups – Monday, April 8 RHP Ubaldo Jimenez vs. RHP Huroki Kuroda, Tuesday, April 9 RHP Carlos Carrasco vs. LHP Andy Pettitte, Wednesday, April 10 RHP Brett Myers vs. RHP RHP Ivan Nova, Thursday, April 11 RHP Zach McAllister vs. RHP David Phelps.
The four-game set at Progressive Field will be the only time during the regular season the Yankees come to town. Despite the opener on Monday being a sellout, good seats remain for the other three games of the series.
A POPULAR AREA: A number of Indians players love Tampa and the area around it, as quite a few of them have homes in the area where the Indians and Rays are doing battle this weekend.
1B Nick Swisher and his wife, JoAnna, own a home in the Tampa area, while starting pitcher Brett Myers maintains residence in his native city
Cody Allen maintains residence in his native city of Orlando, and closer Chris Perez was born in Bradenton and lives in the Tampa area. OF Michael Brantley maintains residence in Port St. Lucie.
Utility man Ryan Raburn was born in Tampa and currently resides in Balm.
GETTING TO THE GAME EASIER: The Indians, in partnership with RTA, Ohio City Inc. and the City of Cleveland, once again will offer a free shuttle from the Ohio City area to Progressive Field for Friday and Saturday Indians games and, new this year, Thursday night home games.
The shuttle operates one hour before and one hour after each game, including on five Thursdays: April 11, April 18, May 30, August 8, September 19. It also will operate on Opening Day, April 8, for two hours before the game and one hour after.
The shuttle picks up fans at the corner of West 25th Street and Market Avenue, near the West Side Market in the bustling Ohio City neighborhood, which features award-winning restaurants and eclectic shops. The shuttle then drops fans off near the Indians Team Shop and Gate D along Ontario Avenue.
“One of our commitments is to make the fans the focus of our actions,” said Indians President Mark Shapiro. “Our main goal is to provide convenience and value to our fans so they’re able to have memorable experiences at Progressive Field.”