Only a two-run homer marred a strong performance against the Cubs on Friday by
Carrasco struck out six in three innings while yielding three hits and no walks. Both runs against him were unearned. He has yet to surrender an earned run in five innings this spring.
He is battling Josh Tomlin, Aaron Harang and Trevor Bauer, all of whom have been impressive. But Terry Francona is leaning toward Carrasco, who boasts impressive stuff and is without a minor league option.
The 32-year-old tossed 53 innings last season, posting a 3.74 ERA. While he pitched well against both righties and lefties, Perez was more effective against left-handers. He'll likely earn a role at the back of the team's bullpen.
Wolf was coming off a strong debut performance in which he hurled two shutout innings against Cleveland.
Perez had a resurgent year as a reliever in 2013. Over 53 innings, he posted a 3.74 ERA with the Mariners. The 32-year-old was particularly effective against lefties, holding them to a .238 average last year.
Santana is still looking for a team, but is working out in Arizona. Cole Hamels' recent shoulder issues are expected to keep him out for most of April, which could be the reason the team is now looking at Santana.
Santana posted a 3.24 ERA in 211 innings last year.
"I wasn't aggressive enough [last year]," he told WTAM-AM.
Bourn managed just five bunt hits last season. His 23 stolen bases was his lowest total since 2007 and his 75 runs was his lowest total in five years. He is set as the leadoff hitter for the Indians in 2014.
Murphy was injured on an aggressive slide at second base. He hobbled off the field, but said he's doing fine. The injury is not considered to be serious. Murphy had been held out of spring games until Friday in order to prevent injuries.
Murphy hit .286/.319/.415 in 658 at-bats last year.
Kazmir, who signed a free agent contract after a surprising comeback season with Cleveland, pounded the strike zone. He threw 30 strikes among his 41 pitches.