CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco announced in June he was “stepping away from baseball” to address an undisclosed blood condition.
The Cleveland Indians released Carrasco was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia, a treatable form of leukemia.
Carrasco has been cleared to resume strength and conditioning workouts and throwing activity, according to the Cleveland Indians.
Without Carrasco, the pitching depth of the second-place Indians (48-38) has been tested as Corey Kluber and Danny Salazar have also missed starts due to injuries.
If the playoffs began today, the Indians would squeak in with the AL’s second wild-card spot.
The Cleveland Indians said he is being re-evaluated regularly and there is “no timetable for a return to baseball game activity."
Since the announcement, the entire city has been rallying behind Cookie, including the Cleveland Cavaliers and Browns.
There’s even a petition on Change.org created by Cleveland Twitter personality Chris McNeil (known as @Reflog_18) calling for Carlos Carrasco to throw out the first pitch for the All-Star Game on Tuesday.
The petition was already nearing it’s 10,000 signature goal just hours after its creation.
MLB teams from across the country like the Seattle Mariners also expressed their support by tweeting out #CookieStrong, which has since gone viral on social media.