Cleveland Indians fans are set to see Carlos Carrasco return to the active roster this weekend, completing what has already been an incredible comeback.
Carlos Carrasco has had quite the rollercoaster season.
He started the year just like any other. Then came a leukemia diagnosis. Now he is set to return to the Cleveland Indians active roster on Sunday, barring any unexpected setbacks.
This is absolutely unbelievable in the best way possible. Carrasco got this diagnosis during the season and will be returning before the summer is over. Not only that, but he is returning as a key member of the bullpen.
Some rehab outings go poorly. Carrasco’s went great as he was up at 97 on the radar gun at one point while he was mowing down batters in Double-A.
He will be returning in the bullpen and I expect he won’t be eased back into action. He is ready to go and will make his first appearance since May 30.
That May 30 start saw Carrasco allow six earned runs on 10 hits. His ERA jumped up to 4.98 and clearly something was wrong. Then came the leukemia diagnosis and it was clear that Carrasco was not well for the first two months of the season.
So we can all ignore his stats when he returns. Coming out of the bullpen allows Carrasco to go full blast for an inning, or just a bit more. It is just still wild, in a good way of course, that he is coming back so soon.
His return should provide a huge boost to the team and not only in an emotional manner. He is going to help this team out of the bullpen and should be seen often if the team advances to October baseball.
Sunday will be fun.