Indians' Carlos Carrasco diagnosed with leukemia, hopes to pitch again this season
The right-hander has been on the injured list since June 5
Carrasco had reported that he had been experiencing low energy and feeling lethargic throughout the first half of the season, according to the team. It was in May that he underwent testing and discovered the diagnosis.
"In May, we found out that I have leukemia," Carrasco said in a video released by the Indians on Saturday. "I never thought that I'd have something like this because I play baseball and I'm super healthy, but you never know what's going on inside your body. When I found out, it made me even stronger and I pushed myself to work through this. I have a lot of people behind me, helping me, especially my teammates and family. It made me stronger everyday."
Since his diagnosis, Carrasco has been spending time with pediatric leukemia patients at the Cleveland Clinic.
In an interview with Dominican TV Station CDN37, Carrasco said the leukemia is being treated and under control, and hopes that he will be able to return to pitch this season, as MLB Network's Jon Heyman notes.
Carrasco, 32, hasn't pitched for Cleveland since May 30. He is 4-6 with a 4.98 ERA in 12 starts this year. Since making his MLB debut with the Indians in 2009, Carrasco has a career 3.78 ERA and 1.19 WHIP with 1,206 strikeouts in 1,159 1/3 innings. In December 2018,with a fourth-year vesting option that could keep him with Cleveland through 2023.
While there's no official timetable for his return, a healthy Carrasco would certainly provide a huge boost to the Indians rotation as the club hopes to make a push for the playoffs in the second half of the season.
Entering Saturday, the Indians are 48-38, putting them back six-and-a-half games behind the Minnesota Twins for first place in the American League Central. Cleveland currently slots in the second wild card spot in the AL.
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