Cleveland Indians Pitcher Carlos Carrasco Diagnosed With Leukemia

CLEVELAND — Cleveland Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco revealed he’s battling leukemia this weekend. Now, fans of the Tribe have started a petition for Carrasco to throw out the first pitch of the upcoming All-Star Game in Cleveland.

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The Indians issued a statement on Sunday, saying Carrasco has chronic myeloid leukemia, a treatable form of the disease. He was taken off the active roster in May after doctors noticed irregularities with his blood.

During a television interview in the Dominican Republic, Carrasco said he expects to be back on the field in late July. He has already been cleared to start strength and conditioning workouts, the Tribe said.

After news of Carrasco’s leukemia diagnosis became public, fans, teammates and other franchises rallied around the pitcher. To show their support, fans started a petition on Change.org for Carrasco to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the MLB All-Star Game in Cleveland on Tuesday, July 9.

“This will show that the whole city of Cleveland and all of Major League Baseball are behind him in this. Also raise awareness for leukemia in our society,” the petition’s creator wrote on the website.

In less than 48 hours, the petition has gotten more than 11,000 signatures.

During a 10-year career in the majors, Carrasco has posted a 4.98 ERA. In 2017, he had his best year as a starting pitcher, notching 18 wins with a 3.29 ERA over 32 starts. He finished fourth in AL Cy Young voting that year.

The full statement from the Cleveland Indians, issued Sunday morning, is below.

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 of 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.

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