TheIndianslost starting pitcherCarlos Carrascoto a hamstring injury in the third inning of a 6-3 win Sunday over the Tigers, and the prognosis doesn't look great.
"It's going to be a DL situation, but we're just hoping it isn't terrible,'' Francona said. "We sent him back to Cleveland because without an MRI, we're not going to know anything.''
Carrasco had allowed only one hit whenAndrew Romine nubbed a slow roller to the right side of the infield. Carrasco covered the bag but had to reach back forCarlos Santana's throw and hit the base at an awkward angle. He recorded the out but immediately fell to the ground, grabbing the back of his leg.
"When you see a guy go down like that, it is deflating,'' Francona said. "That's not just something grabbing at him a little.''
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus juggled his lineup and left slumping Miguel Cabrera and Justin Upton on the bench. A day after Ausmus kept the clubhouse closed for a half-hour after a loss, Detroit dropped its fourth in a row and fell for the seventh time in nine games.
"We had two guys who were slumping, and that's usually the best time to give someone a day off,'' Ausmus said. "We're just not clicking right now on offense, or with our pitching, to be honest.''
Carrasco and Tigers starter Shane Greene (1-2) both left the game with injuries in a span of about 15 minutes. Greene broke open a blister on his pitching hand, which left blood on his jersey and the ball. Ausmus said he isn't sure if Greene will be able to make his next scheduled start on Friday or who would replace him.
Trevor Bauer (1-0) picked up the win while allowing two runs in 3 1/3 innings of relief. Cody Allen pitched the ninth for his sixth save.
Greene left after walking the first batter of the fourth, and Drew VerHagen struggled coming out of the bullpen. With one out, he allowed an RBI double to Jose Ramirez and a run-scoring single to Marlon Byrd.
Tyler Naquin made it 3-0 with his first career triple, but the Tigers made it 3-2 against Bauer in the bottom half on Nick Castellanos' two-run single.
VerHagen got into trouble again in the fifth, in which he allowed RBI singles to Ramirez and Byrd before being replaced by Matt Boyd. Juan Uribe hit an RBI single to make it 6-2 before Boyd could get out of the inning.
"We knew we needed to keep scoring,'' Francona said. "I didn't want them to be able to use Miggy as the tying run, but I knew it would probably happen.''
Victor Martinez pulled the Tigers within three with a 400-foot RBI double to center in the eighth, and Bryan Shaw walked the bases loaded with two out. That brought Cabrera out of the dugout to a standing ovation, with Jeff Manship entering for Cleveland.
The crowd was still on its feet when Cabrera worked a full count, but he popped foul to first base, which led many fans to immediately head for the exits.
"We wanted to get Miggy and Upton a chance to get off their feet and not have to grind through a day full of at-bats,'' Ausmus said. "We still have to win games, and we thought Miggy was our best chance in that situation.''
Carlos Carrasco injures hamstring
Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco leaves the game in the third inning against the Tigers after injuring his hamstring covering first base.