Mets RHP Carlos Carrasco discusses leukemia diagnosis and inspiring return to baseball

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Danny Abriano
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Carlos Carrasco on the mound in a red Indians jersey
Carlos Carrasco on the mound in a red Indians jersey

New Mets right-hander Carlos Carrasco was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia in June of 2019, missing only a few months of action before returning in September in a relief role.

He returned to the rotation in July of 2020 for the first time since his diagnosis, giving the story a perfect ending that inspired those around him.

Speaking on Tuesday as he was introduced as a Met, Carrasco talked about his diagnosis and what has happened since.

"From that day to now, I've been seeing a lot of love from a lot of teammates, (the community), and other teams. ... It's really nice what I got back in 2019 and coming back from the leukemia."

Carrasco's fight with leukemia and return to the Indians was something that was touched on by Francisco Lindor on Monday, when Lindor alluded to Carrasco's health while weighing in on the strong response he had during the 2020 season when two Indians players violated the team's COVID-19 protocols.

Carrasco, who is now in remission, said one of the keys to getting through his illness was always having faith.

"I think that's the most important thing -- faith. When you have that, nothing really bad can get through to your mind," Carrasco said. "And that's what I did. ... It's not that easy -- people who have leukemia, cancer -- it's not that easy. But you know what? I always say 'my wife, my wife,' but she's the one to get me through everything. ... Every time when I go to the hospital and try to talk to some family, teenager, kids, I always say that. Just be strong, be strong. Never left yourself down. I think that was most important (thing) for me and is a message for everyone."