Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco is being treated for leukemia, the team revealed Saturday in a video posted to its Twitter account.
In the video, Carrasco — who hasn’t pitched since May 30 — said a blood test during spring training prompted concern. His diagnosis was made in May.
“I never thought that I would have something like this, because I play baseball, I’m like super healthy or something like that,” Carrasco, 32, said in the video. “But you never know what’s going on inside your body. When I found out, it made me even stronger, then I push myself to work through this. Then I have a lot of people behind me, helping me, especially my teammates and family.”
The video also noted that Carrasco has been spending time with pediatric leukemia patients at the Cleveland Clinic and speaking with kids dealing with their own diagnosis.
Manager Terry Francona said the club knew the details of Carrasco’s condition before the video was released. Francona declined to talk about the pitcher’s condition beyond what he said in the video.
Carrasco plans to talk to the media in Cleveland on Thursday.
Injury report: The Twins placed first baseman C.J. Cron on the injured list because of a dislocated his right thumb. Other players landing on the IL included Pirates left-hander Steven Brault (shoulder) and Mariners relievers Austin Adams (shoulder) Dan Altavilla (forearm strain). … The Marlins activated left-hander Caleb Smith from the IL.
Briefly: Former A’s reliever Josh Lucas was designated for assignment by the Orioles. … The Reds released reliever Zach Duke, who was signed during spring training and designated for assignment Monday.
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