Carrasco OK after injury scare
Reliever fine after batting practice line drive hits pitching arm
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- D.J Carrasco remains thankful an Alexei Ramirez line drive caught muscle instead of bone in his right forearm, leaving the reliever with nothing more than a major scare following Saturday's batting practice session.
"As it goes right now, I came in and got treatment this morning and [White Sox athletic trainer] Herm [Schneider] also did a great job yesterday," said Carrasco, one day after getting hit by the Ramirez line drive. "There's not even any bruising, just a red mark right now."
Ramirez's shot hit Carrasco straight on, without giving the veteran hurler a chance to get his glove up and deflect the baseball. But Carrasco believes he'll be ready to throw two innings on Thursday in Tucson against Colorado as scheduled.
That confidence was reinforced on Sunday, when Carrasco felt no pain throwing.
"You always worry about one of your players getting hurt or getting hit in Spring Training," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "He should be fine when his turn comes up and it's good news, because I don't like any of the players, no matter what you do, to come to Spring Training and have a setback. Hopefully, it doesn't happen to anyone else."
"By Thursday, it should be fine," Carrasco said. "It was straight on. It was coming right at me, and I was just in self-defense mode petty much. But thank God it hit the muscle and not the bone."
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.