After making just 12 starts this season, Cleveland Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco received some life-changing news earlier this summer when he was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia. He was transferred to the 60-day IL, with his status for the remainder of the season in doubt.
Miraculously, after a few months of treatment, Carrasco returned to the mound for a Minor League rehab assignment with Cleveland's Double-A Akron team on Monday night. The righty pitched one inning, striking out one in a scoreless frame.
The performance was met by a standing ovation from the home crowd at Canal Park. Carrasco didn't seem to miss a beat, hitting the high 90s on his first few pitches and throwing nine of his 16 pitches for strikes.
With both Carrasco and fellow ace Corey Kluber on the shelf for a majority of the season, the Indians have managed to go 74-51 through their first 125 games, and are currently two game behind the Minnesota Twins in the AL Central. The Indians would host the AL Wild Card game if the season ended today.
While Kluber suffered a setback in his recovery, and will be shutdown until sometime in September, Carrasco is hoping to join the Indians after his rehab assignment. Carrasco will likely be used out of the bullpen, so those stashing him in fantasy leagues should be aware of his reduced role for the remainder of the season.
But outside of fantasy, it's just a great look to see Carrasco back on the mound.
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