The return of Carlos Carrasco after being diagnosed with cancer

The pitcher continues to surprise everyone

Carlos Carrasco returned to the mound.

Carlos Carrasco returned to the mound. | AP

The right of the Cleveland Indians, Venezuelan Carlos Carrasco, returned Monday to the mound in minor leagues while trying to return to the majors after being diagnosed with leukemia.

Carrasco entered Monday as a reliever with Double-A Akron against Harrisburg. He received a standing ovation from fans at Canal Park. It was Carrasco's first appearance since June, when he was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia.

He finished his first work inning with a punch.

The 32-year-old pitcher has another appearance scheduled on Thursday with Akron and then he and the Indians will decide their next step. Carrasco wants to return and help the Indians this season. The Indians have strengthened around Carrasco.

During the All-Star Game in July, Carrasco appeared on the pitch during the Major League tribute called "Stand Up To Cancer" and the shirts with the legend "I Stand With Cookie" ( "I wake up by Cookie") have become popular throughout the city.

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