Carrasco on leukemia diagnosis: "This is going to make me stronger"

The 32-year-old was diagnosed with leukemia

James Rapien
July 06, 2019 - 3:13 pm

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco revealed he's battling leukemia.

"In spring training we had the physical, everything started from there,” he said. “At the beginning of the season, I needed to get another blood test and in May we found out that I had leukemia.”

Carrasco, 32, was placed on the injured list on June 5 and hasn't pitched since May 30. He's visited multiple pediatric leukemia patients at the Cleveland Clinic since the diagnosis.

“I never thought that I would have something like this,” Carrasco said. “I’m going to push myself to work through this. I have a lot of people behind me helping me, especially my teammates and family.”

Carrasco not only believes he's going to pitch again, but hopes to return this season. 

"This is going to make me stronger than I've ever been."