Carlos Carrasco grateful for support, not sure if he'll pitch this season

The 32-year-old has resumed throwing and working out

James Rapien
July 11, 2019 - 8:15 pm
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CLEVELAND, Ohio – Carlos Carrasco has been blown away by all of the support from his teammates, friends, family and those across the country since his leukemia diagnosis was made public last week.

Carrasco was honored during the MLB All-Star Game during the ‘Stand Up to Cancer’ campaign.

“It was a great moment,” he said. “My wife, my kids, my family, teammates, Tito, they’ve been great. They always support me in any way – off the field and off the field.”

The 32-year old has resumed throwing and strength training. He's even thrown multiple bullpen sessions, but isn't sure if he'll play again this season. 

“I feel great, there’s nothing different,” he said about the sessions. “I’ve been throwing the ball normal and I’m glad that I’ve been around my teammates.”

Carrasco has spent time in local hospitals visiting pediatric patients who are also dealing with leukemia. He doesn’t like spending much time at the hospital as a patient, but loves helping kids who are dealing with the horrible disease.

“It’s something that I love to do,” Carrasco said. “It’s important to just go there to have those smiles from the kids, it makes me happy.”

He said it’s something he did prior to his diagnosis, which is no surprise to those who have spent time with him.

The Indians have rallied around Carrasco. The entire clubhouse has his back and is helping him overcome this challenge. He couldn’t help but smile multiple times in his first interview with the Cleveland media since his diagnosis.

"When I come here to the stadium, it feels like home,” he said. “My teammates, every time that I get here, they hug me. They ask me how I feel and it feels great to have that support from everyone."

Carrasco didn’t want to discuss what type of treatment he’s going through, but he is in good spirits. He doesn’t know if he’s going to pitch again this season, but he isn’t going to let that prevent him from living his life. He’s working out, throwing and doing everything he did before, except getting the ball on every fifth day.

“I’ve been working like normal. I never put anything bad on my mind. Everything is good, so I don’t feel different. I just push myself to work more and get stronger.”