Indians’ Carrasco being treated for leukemia
Cleveland Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco is being treated for leukemia, and he says it’s going to make him stronger than he was before.
Carrasco hasn’t played for Cleveland since May 30. The 32-year-old right-hander says he got a blood test after a spring-training physical prompted some concern, and he was diagnosed with leukemia in May.
“I never thought that I would have something like this, because I play baseball, I’m like super healthy or something like that,” Carrasco says in a video posted on the Indians’ Twitter account. “But you never know what’s going on inside your body.
“When I found out, it made me even stronger, then I push myself to work through this. Then I have a lot of people behind me, helping me, especially my teammates and family.”
Manager Terry Francona said the club knew the details of Carrasco’s condition before the video was released. Carrasco plans to talk to the media in Cleveland next Thursday.
Carrasco, who is from Venezuela, has been with Cleveland since 2009, when he came over from Philadelphia in a blockbuster trade for ace Cliff Lee. The Indians signed him to a $47 million, four-year contract in December.
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Rays 4, Yankees 3: Travis d’Arnaud hit a twoout homer off Chad Green in the bottom of the ninth inning, lifting Tampa Bay to a home victory over New York. Nationals 6, Royals 0: Max Scherzer allowed four hits and struck out 11 in seven innings in Washington’s home win. He has won seven straight starts and has an 0.84 ERA over his last nine appearances. Twins 7, Rangers 4: Michael Pineda struck out a season-high nine batters in six innings in Minnesota’s home win. Indians 7, Reds 2: Francisco Lindor homered twice, and Cleveland pulled away to its fifth straight victory at Great American Ball Park. Marlins 5, Braves 4: Miami’s struggling offense had 15 hits, including homers by Harold Ramirez and Starlin Castro.
Orioles 8, Blue Jays 1: Andrew Cashner pitched seven strong innings on the road to win his third straight start, and Baltimore used a five-run fourth inning to win its third straight.
Rangers: Texas pitcher Mike Minor will skip his final start Sunday against Minnesota ahead of the break. Minor, a first-time All-Star, already had been replaced on the AL roster because he was slated to start Sunday.
Cleveland Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco got a blood test after a spring-training physical prompted concern, and he was diagnosed with leukemia in May.