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Indians Pitcher Carlos Carrasco Says He Has Leukemia, Hopes to Pitch Again in 2019

Indians fans have been waiting for weeks to hear exactly what was going on with pitcher Carlos Carrasco after it was announced he had a ‘blood condition,’ and that he was going to be out indefinitely.

The pitcher has announced the condition, telling Dominican TV station CDN 37 on July 5th that he has Leukemia. The Tribe starter says the condition is under control, and that he is hopeful to be able to pitch again this season.

The 32-year-old told the team that he had been suffering from low energy and feeling lethargic throughout the first half of the season.

The last time he took the mound was May 30th. This season in 12 starts he was 4-6 with a 4.98 ERA. He inked a contract extension before the season for three years with a fourth-year vesting option that could keep him with Cleveland through 2023.

Carrasco has been around the team as of late, playing catch with his teammates as a hopeful sign that he would be able to make it back on the mound during this season.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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