In­di­ans’ Car­rasco be­ing treated for leukemia

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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.

Three more added to All-Star ros­ters

New York Yankees right-han­der Masahiro Tanaka, Pitts­burgh closer Felipe Vazquez and Mil­wau­kee right-han­der Bran­don Woodruff have been added to the ros­ters for Tues­day’s All-Star Game.

They re­place Toronto pitcher Mar­cus Stro­man, who has a strained pec­toral mus­cle; Ari­zona pitcher Zack Greinke, who will be at­tend­ing to a per­sonal mat­ter; and Brew­ers closer Josh Hader, who has back stiff­ness.

High­lights

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.

No­table

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.

NAM Y. HUH AP

Cleve­land In­di­ans pitcher Car­los Car­rasco got a blood test af­ter a spring-train­ing phys­i­cal prompted con­cern, and he was di­ag­nosed with leukemia in May.

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