Carrasco Battling Leukemia
Bob Toth | On 06, Jul 2019
Word broke in the overnight hours Friday night that the condition keeping Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco off of the mound was in fact leukemia.
CDN 37, a news station in the Dominican Republic, announced the news regarding Carrasco shortly before 11 PM in a tweet on the station’s Twitter page (@CDN37). The tweet was in reference to Carrasco’s upcoming interview with CDN 37’s Frank Camilo (Mister Deportes), scheduled to air at 4 PM on Sunday on the station.
In light of the public reveal of his condition, the Cleveland Indians have shared the following video of Carrasco talking about his diagnosis.
“This is going to make me stronger than I’ve ever been.” – Carlos Carrasco
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) July 6, 2019
[Editor’s note – The Indians’ Director of Baseball Information & Player Relations, Bart Swain, released the following medical update on Sunday, July 7.
Carlos was evaluated earlier this season (June 2nd) at the Cleveland Clinic as a follow-up to abnormalities in his Spring Training blood work. He was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia, a treatable form leukemia and has since been cleared to resume strength and conditioning workouts and throwing activity to tolerance. He is being re-evaluated regularly and there is no timetable for a return to baseball game activity.]
Video courtesy of the Cleveland Indians & their social media department
Photo: Ron Schwane/Getty Images