Cleveland Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco has been suspended eight games by Major League Baseball after hitting New York Yankees third baseman Kevin Youkilis in the shoulder with a pitch, according to the Indians' official Twitter account.
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RHP Carlos Carrasco suspended 8-games by MLB. As a minor league player he is eligible to pitch in Columbus. Suspension must be served w/CLE2013-4-12 19:07:02
The play occurred in the fourth inning of the two teams' matchup on Tuesday in Cleveland, right after Carrasco surrendered a home run to Robinson Cano that put the Indians in a 7-0 hole.
Umpire Jordan Baker ejected the 26-year-old after he hit Youkilis in his first appearance on the mound for the Indians since August 2011. The Indians went on to lose 14-1 and will begin a three-game home series against the Chicago White Sox on Friday.
On Wednesday, Cleveland optioned Carrasco to Triple-A Columbus, where he is eligible to play, according to the above tweet. He'll have to serve his suspension with the Indians.
Surprisingly, this situation is nothing new for the right-handed Venezuelan.
Carrasco earned a suspension for a similar incident in July 2011, in which he threw a pitch at Kansas City Royals designated hitter Billy Butler and was then ejected. He served a five-game suspension for that incident.
Carrasco, who has shown promise, recording 85 strikeouts in 21 starts in 2011, has been with the Indians since 2009 and missed the 2012 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
He holds a 10-16 career record as a starter with the Indians and a career ERA of 5.16.
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