right-hander revealed to a Dominican news channel that he has been diagnosed with leukemia, reports.
Carrasco said he is receiving treatment and that the cancer is under control, Heyman notes, adding that the hope is he’ll be able to return to the mound this season.
“At the end of May, they shut me down because they saw something wrong with my blood,” Carrasco told the news station in Spanish, according to. “The doctors got a little worried and they sent me for a blood test, another blood test. The blood levels were off, the platelets were really high. The following week, my wife and I went to the hospital, and they told us I have leukemia.
“That’s one of the reasons why I’m not playing right now, but I’ll be back at the end of July.”
The 32-year-old has been out since June 5 after the team announced he was dealing with a blood condition that was making him feel lethargic. The Indians held a team meeting on June 4 to discuss the situation with Carrasco in attendance,reports.
Carrasco has a 4.98 ERA and 79 strikeouts in 65 innings this season. He owns a 3.78 career mark and finished fourth in AL Cy Young voting in 2017.
Cleveland’s starting rotation – the strength of the club – has been hit hard this campaign with ace(broken forearm) and right-hander (back) also missing significant time because of injuries.
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