Major League Baseball announced Friday that it suspended Cleveland Indians starter Carlos Carrasco for eight games and fined him an undisclosed amount after intentionally hitting Kevin Youkilis of the New York Yankees with a pitch.
Carrasco (0-1) plunked Youkilis in the fourth inning of the Yankees' 14-1 win on Tuesday in Cleveland one pitch after giving up a two-run homer to New York's Robinson Cano.
The Indians right-hander had just completed another suspension that carried over from the 2011 season for throwing at Billy Hunter of the Kansas City Royals. Carrasco missed last season because of elbow surgery.
After hitting Youkilis on the left shoulder, Carrasco apologized and the ball slipped. He came out of Tuesday's game after giving up seven runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings.
On Wednesday, the Indians optioned Carrasco to triple-A Columbus.
According to MLB, Carrasco was to begin serving his suspension, pending an appeal, during Cleveland's home game on Friday night against the Chicago White Sox. If Carrasco appeals, the punishment would be delayed until the review process is completed.