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Indians' Carrasco reveals leukemia diagnosis

By JOE NOGA • Updated Jul 7, 2019 at 12:00 AM

CLEVELAND — Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco told a television news station in the Dominican Republic the blood disorder that has forced him to the sidelines since early June is, in fact, a leukemia diagnosis.

Carrasco revealed the diagnosis to reporter Frank Camilo of Dominican Republic news network CDN 37. In an interview set to air Sunday, Carrasco says the condition is currently “under control” according to a report from NBCsports.com.

The Indians could not confirm the report without permission from Carrasco. The 32-year-old Venezuela native announced June 5 through the club that he would step away from baseball to explore treatment and recovery options. At the time of the announcement, the Indians stated that Carrasco was expected to rejoin the team at some point this season.

Last week, Carrasco was spotted playing catch at Progressive Field while his teammates stretched prior to a game against the Royals.

Carrasco underwent testing after reporting trouble with his energy level and feeling lethargic throughout the first half of the season. The chronic leukemia diagnosis is believed to have been revealed at that time.

Prior to going on the injured list, Carrasco posted a 4-6 record with a 4.98 ERA and 78 strikeouts in 65 innings across 12 starts. He had lost his last three consecutive decisions, including surrendering six earned runs in 6 1/3 innings against Chicago on May 30.

Carrasco had surgery to correct an irregular heartbeat in October, 2014 before signing a four-year, $22 million contract extension early in the 2015 season. In December 2018, Carrasco signed a three-year contract extension with a fourth-year vesting option that could keep him in an Indians uniform through 2023.

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