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Kazmir injury creates rotation uncertainty in Cleveland

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It took the Indians all of spring training to fill out the five spots in their starting rotation. It

only took a couple days into the regular season for them to have to make an adjustment to that rotation.

The two pitchers who won spots in the rotation during spring training were Zach McAllister, in the No.

4 spot, and Scott Kazmir, in the No. 5 spot. However Kazmir was unable to make his first scheduled start

of the season, due to a strained abdominal muscle.

So the Indians' starting pitching depth was tested immediately. The pitchers who Kazmir beat out for

the No. 5 spot in the rotation were right-handers Trevor Bauer, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Corey Kluber, and

left-hander David Huff.

Kazmir was placed on the disabled list Friday, retroactive to April 2, and manager Terry Francona said

Bauer will be recalled to make Kazmir's scheduled start, which is Saturday in Tampa Bay. No decision has

been made beyond Bauer's start Saturday.

Another pitcher who was in the spring training mix was right-hander Carlos Carrasco. However, Carrasco

began the season on the suspended list, serving a six-game suspension he received for intentionally

throwing at a hitter during the 2011 season.

Carrasco was unable to serve that suspension in 2012, because he missed the entire season while

recovering from Tommy John surgery. Once Carrasco completes serving the six-game suspension at the start

of the 2013 season, he appears to be the leading candidate to be the first starter recalled from Class AAA

Columbus, should the Indians need another starter for the rotation.

Whether that means Carrasco goes into the No. 5 spot starting with the second turn through the major

league rotation, after Bauer makes one start in the No. 5 spot, or whether he makes a few starts in

Columbus before getting the call to Cleveland remains to be seen. But it seems very likely that at some

point in the 2013 season, Carrasco will be a part of the Indians' major league rotation.
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