Indians Call Up Three From Columbus

Carlos Carrasco

The Indians added three players from their Triple-A farm team in Columbus today. Called up was right-hander Carlos Carrasco, who is scheduled to make his major-league debut tonight in Detroit against the Tigers. Outfielder Michael Brantley and right-handed reliever Jose Veras had their contracts purchased from the Clippers. Brantley will be making his big-league debut whenever he gets into a game.

The team also announced that Dave Miller, the organization's minor-league pitching coordinator, will be joining the coaching staff.

Carrasco, 22, was acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies on July 29 as part of a six-player trade that sent 2008 AL Cy Young winner Cliff Lee and outfielder Ben Francisco to the reigning World Champions. Carrasco and three other minor-leaguers, catcher Lou Marson, infielder Jason Donald, and right-hander Jason Knapp came to the Indians.

Carrasco compiled a 5-1 record an 3.19 ERA in six starts for Columbus. In 42 1-3 innings, he gave up 31 hits, walked only seven and struck out 35.

Overall between Columbus and the Phillies' Triple-A farm team at Lehigh Valley, he was 11-10 with a 4.64 ERA, striking out 148 in 157 innings.

Brantley, 22, was acquired with four others from Milwaukee in July 2008 in the trade that sent 2007 AL Cy Young winner CC Sabathia to the Brewers. Cleveland also got first baseman-outfielder Matt LaPorta, left-hander Zach Jackson and right-hander Rob Bryson.

Brantley hit .267 (122-for-457) with 80 runs, 21 doubles, two triples, six homers and 37 RBI in 116 games for the Clippers. He stole 46 bases in 51 attempts, a 90 percent success rate.

Veras will be rejoining the Indians. He was acquired from the New York Yankees on June 24 and went 1-1 with a 7.62 ERA in 12 outings for Cleveland before being designated for assignment Aug. 5.

After being outrighted to Columbus on Aug. 11, he went 0-1 with a 1.29 ERA in seven appearances for the Clippers.

Miller is in his 17th season as a coach, scout or instructor in the Indians' organization.

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