(Reuters) - The New York Yankees suffered a double-blow on Saturday when second baseman Starlin Castro and center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury were injured against the Boston Red Sox.
Castro was on his way to a double to left-center in the fifth inning when he pulled up, and was later diagnosed with a right hamstring strain.
Ellsbury exited in the eighth inning with a right knee injury from sliding into the wall in right-center during Xander Bogaerts’ second double an inning earlier.
Both the injured were heading back to New York for scans, Yankees manager Joe Girardi told reporters.
New York (77-71) lost 6-5 to the Red Sox as their slim playoff hopes dwindled.
Meanwhile, in Cleveland, Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco suffered a season-ending fracture in his right hand in the first inning against the Detroit Tigers.
Carrasco was hit by a line drive off the Tigers’ leadoff hitter Ian Kinsler on the second pitch of the game. He was replaced by reliever Jeff Manship.
Following Cleveland’s 1-0 win over Detroit in 10 innings, which gave them an eight-game lead in the American League Central Division, the team announced Carrasco will be lost for the season.
”It hurts,“ Indians manager Terry Francona told reporters. ”It will make this more challenging, what we’re trying to do.
“When we do it, it will feel all that much better. It’s another challenge, but we feel like we’ll figure it out.”
The 29-year-old entered his 25th start of the season with an 11-8 record and 3.32 ERA. He won a career-high 14 games for the Indians in 2015.
Writing by Jahmal Corner; Editing by Ian Ransom/Sudipto Ganguly