Carrasco, Donaldson win MLB Comeback Player of Year awards

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FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2019, file photo, Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Carlos Carrasco pumps his fist after the Indians defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 5-2 in a baseball game in Cleveland. Carrasco was selected as the 2019 Roberto Clemente Award winner, given annually by Major League Baseball to honor sportsmanship and community involvement, the league announced Friday, Oct. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2019, file photo, Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Carlos Carrasco pumps his fist after the Indians defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 5-2 in a baseball game in Cleveland. Carrasco was selected as the 2019 Roberto Clemente Award winner, given annually by Major League Baseball to honor sportsmanship and community involvement, the league announced Friday, Oct. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Cleveland Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco and Atlanta Braves third baseman Josh Donaldson have won the Comeback Player of the Year awards.

Major League Baseball made the announcement on Wednesday.

Carrasco won the American League award. He was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia in early June, missed three months while undergoing treatment and returned to the Indian in a relief role in September.

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In October, the 32-year-old right-hander from Venezuela won the Roberto Clemente Award presented for the character he's shown on and off the field.

Donaldson won the National League honor. He played only 52 games for Toronto and Cleveland in 2018 because of injuries, but bounced back for a big year with the Braves.

The 2015 AL MVP hit 37 home runs and had 94 RBIs for the NL East champions. Donaldson became the second straight Braves player to win the NL comeback award after pitcher Jonny Venters last year.

The awards were chosen by the 30 team beat writers for MLB.com.

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