Indians starter Carlos Carrasco hit in head by liner

Carlos Carrasco is helped off the field after being hit in the face by a line drive off the bat of Melky Cabrera of the Chicago White Sox during the first inning at Progressive Field.

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco was carted off the field in the first inning Tuesday night after being hit in the face by a line drive that appeared to first deflect off his right hand.

The White Sox’s Melky Cabrera hit a sharp liner back at Carrasco, who threw his hands up to try and block the ball. He was hit below the left eye and fell face down on the front of the mound.

Manager Terry Francona and a team trainer quickly raced out to Carrasco, and several teammates gathered round. Cabrera, holding his batting helmet, also walked to the mound to check on Carrasco’s condition.

Carrasco was down for several minutes, but slowly walked to the cart with the assistance. He was holding the left side of his face as he was driven off the field.

Zach McAllister replaced Carrasco.

Carrasco’s injury comes two days after starting catcher Yan Gomes went on the disabled list with a knee injury. All-Star center fielder Michael Brantley was also out of the lineup for a fifth game because of a bad back.