MINNEAPOLIS -- Carlos Carrasco threw in a game on Wednesday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery last September. Carrasco threw a perfect inning for Double-A Akron, striking out one batter.
He went 8-9 with a 4.62 ERA over 21 starts for Cleveland in 2011 before injuring his elbow on Aug. 3, but he shined in June with a 0.98 ERA in five starts.
"He threw the ball very well, mid-to-high 90s," Indians manager Manny Acta said of Carrasco's first rehab outing.
That velocity would indicate an increase for Carrasco, whose fastball averaged 92.8 miles per hour from 2009-2011 according to FanGraphs.com. But Acta noted that he hit those speeds in only one inning of work and wasn't pitching a full game.
"A lot of those guys, they sometimes come back stronger from that surgery," Acta said.
Chisenhall may be back with Indians soon
MINNEAPOLIS -- Lonnie Chisenhall may soon be back with the Indians, perhaps even on the team's current 10-game road trip.
Chisenhall is currently on a rehab assignment with Double-A Akron. But the Aeros face elimination from the Eastern League playoffs on Friday night, as they host Bowie in a two-games-to-none deficit.
Indians manager Manny Acta said there is a good possibility Chisenhall will soon rejoin the club if Akron is eliminated. He could also continue his rehab assignment with Low Class A Lake County, which advanced in the Midwest League playoffs with a 5-4 win over Bowling Green on Thursday.
"There's a chance," Acta said. "We're going to have to make a decision whether we send him over here or play him over there in Lake County. They're in the playoffs."
Chisenhall went 1-for-6 with an RBI and two walks in his first two games with Akron.
Acta said Chisenhall's starts will likely come at a gradual rate when he does return to the Indians. The third baseman has been out since June 30 after a pitch fractured a bone in his right forearm.
"Regardless of how many games he's played over there, he wasn't going to come over here right away after the extent of that injury, and how long he's been out and play every single day," Acta said. "We were going to start him kind of slow. Maybe a couple of games, sit him, a couple of games."
Indians named a top workplace in northeast Ohio
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Cleveland Indians have been named a 2012 NorthCoast 99 winner as one of the best workplaces in Northeast Ohio. This is the third time the organization has been a NorthCoast 99 winner.
The Employer's Resource Council (ERC) -- Northeast Ohio's leading and largest professional organization dedicated to human resources practices, programs, and services -- developed the program and annually presents 99 great workplaces for top talent in the area. The program was created in 1999, and has since recognized more than 300 organizations for maintaining great workplaces that support the attraction, retention, and motivation of top performers.
"We are honored to receive this recognition for the third time," Indians president Mark Shapiro said. "The Cleveland Indians culture is driven by core values that foster an environment in which people aspire to contribute and excel. We have a diverse workforce who directly contributes to our vision of creating memories, connecting generations and celebrating families."
The Indians became the first professional sports team to win the award in 2009. The Cleveland Plain Dealer also named the organization a Top Workplace in Northeast Ohio in June.
Jordan Garretson is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.