Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco revealed that he has been diagnosed with Leukemia, a form of cancer that affects the blood and bone marrow.

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Carrasco revealed the news on Dominican Republic TV on Friday and said in a video released by the Indians Saturday afternoon that he learned of the diagnosis in May.

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“This is going to make me stronger than I've ever been.” – Carlos Carrasco

Stay #CookieStrong . We ❤️ you! pic.twitter.com/KokfX0wayr

Cleveland Indians (@Indians) July 6, 2019 “I never thought I’d have something like this because I played baseball and I’m super healthy or something like that,” Carrasco said in the video. “But you never know what’s going on inside your body.

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“When I found that out, it made me even stronger,” Carrasco added. “I’m going to push myself to work through this. I have a lot of people behind me helping me. Especially my teammates and my family and a lot of people around me. They make me stronger every day.

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“This is gonna make me stronger than I’ve ever been.”

The video showed Carrasco spending time with pediatric leukemia patients at the Cleveland Clinic

Carrasco made his revelation Friday while visiting a Dominican hospital . He said the disease is “under control” and that he hopes to return to pitching for the Indians at the end of the month

“We’re not putting any timetables (on anyone) . . . I don’t think that’s fair to anyone,” Indians Manager Terry Francona said. “Carlos will talk to the media (on Thursday) and make his thoughts known.”

Teammate Jason Kipnis showed his support for Carrasco by studying up on the disease after his diagnosis and going over the prognosis with him

The day Carlos Carrasco was diagnosed with leukemia, Jason Kipnis did some research and tried to help walk him through the prognosis over the phone. Carrasco has been in good spirits, has spent time around the team the last few weeks. He has been playing catch regularly, too

— Zack Meisel (@ZackMeisel) July 6, 2019 Major League Baseball, along with other baseball clubs and Cleveland sports teams, showed their support for Carrasco with the hashtag #CookieStrong

We wish Carlos Carrasco a full recovery with his battle with Leukemia

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MLB (@MLB) July 6, 2019 #CookieStrong 💪

Our whole city is behind you, @Cookie_Carrasco ❤️ https://t.co/e4C2K6pomO

Cleveland Browns (@Browns) July 6, 2019 Reds Country is rooting for you, @Cookie_Carrasco ! #CookieStrong ❤️ #TeamOhio pic.twitter.com/Wf1QUjmd0D

— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) July 6, 2019 We are behind you every step of the way, @Cookie_Carrasco !

🍪 #CookieStrong x #KCancer 💪 pic.twitter.com/5rqfBMM0EJ

— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) July 6, 2019 You got this. #CookieStrong pic.twitter.com/EqwZRI8Cge

— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) July 6, 2019 Carlos is truly amazing. #CookieStrong https://t.co/33VrAmpZH3

— Akron RubberDucks (@AkronRubberDuck) July 6, 2019 We love you @Cookie_Carrasco !! #CookieStrong https://t.co/pSYzQpev6A

— Columbus Clippers (@CLBClippers) July 6, 2019 The Indians placed Carrasco on the injured list on June 5 after he was diagnosed with a blood condition, adding that he was “stepping away from baseball activities to explore the optimal treatment and recovery options.”

Carrasco, who signed a four-year, $47 million deal with the Indians in December, started 12 games this season and has a 4.98 ERA with 79 strikeouts and four walks

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Jake Russell Jake Russell has been a sports news aide and blogger with the Washington Post since 2013. His book “100 Things Nationals Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die” was published in 2016. Follow

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