SUNDAY: The Indians issued an update on Carrasco on Sunday, Zack Meisel of The Athletic tweets. “Last month, Carlos Carrasco was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia, a treatable form. He has been cleared to resume strength and conditioning workouts and throwing activity. No timetable for a return.”
SATURDAY: Carlos Carrasco has been diagnosed with leukemia, he told Dominican news channel CDN 37. Carrasco has been treated, and he has it under control to the point where he hopes to return to pitch again this season, per MLB Network’s Jon Heyman (via Twitter).
The Indians certainly will take their time with Carrasco, though this newest diagnoses sheds some light on what has been a difficult season for Carrasco. Previous indications were that Carrasco was suffering from a blood condition that, at the very least, prompted lethargy and the pursuit of treatment.
The Indians placed him on the injured list on June 5 after seeing their longtime co-ace pitch to a 4-6 record with an uncharacteristic 4.98 ERA (4.13 FIP). Carrasco has long been underrated while pitching in the shadow of star righty Corey Kluber and the outspoken Trevor Bauer, but even in an off-year with significantly mitigating factors, Carrasco put together 65 innings of palatable baseball.
The team has shown up in full support of Carrasco as he recovers. Per Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon Journal, Carrasco was present on June 4 for a team meeting wherein they discussed the situation. This team meeting was not about baseball, but about supporting Carrasco as he undergoes recovery.