CLEVELAND — Cleveland Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco spoke out publicly for the first time Thursday night after announcing his cancer diagnosis and after being honored at the 2019 MLB All-Star Game.
Carrasco revealed Saturday that he had been recently diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia, a treatable form of leukemia. The team said he has since been cleared to resume strength and conditioning workouts, as well as throwing activities to tolerance.
His teammates and fellow major leaguers, as well as the Greater Cleveland community, rallied behind the 32-year-old, sending messages of encouragement to the star player and causing #CookieStrong to trend on social media.
“Every time I come to the stadium it feels like home, my teammates every time when I get here they hug me, ask me how I feel,” said Carrasco, “It feels great to have that support from everyone.”
Tuesday, during the All-Star Game, Indians’ All-Stars Carlos Santana, Francisco Lindor, Brad Hand and Shane Bieber, along with Tito joined Carlos Carrasco on the field to Stand Up to Cancer. The players held signs during this special moment that read “I Stand Up for Cookie” while Carrasco held one that read “I Stand.”
“I had my teammates there, Tito was there too, guys from the other team. It was a great moment for me,” Carrasco said Thursday at a press conference.
He also shared that despite the cancer he’s never stopped training and he remains optimistic. Adding, that he watches every Indians game and loves how his team is rallying.
Additionally, he talked about visiting pediatric cancer patients at the Cleveland Clinic.
“Just to go there and have some fun, think about different stuff, talk to them about baseball, it makes me happy,” he said.
Team officials say they’re not sure when he’ll return to the mound. However, Carrasco previously said he feels positive about his prognosis and hopes to be back with the team at the end of July. He hasn’t played for the Indians since late May.
He has been with the team since 2009 and signed a four-year, $47 million deal with the Tribe back in December.