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Indians Starter Carlos Carrasco Will Resume Throwing to Live Hitters This Week

CLEVELAND, OHIO - MAY 25: Starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco #59 of the Cleveland Indians pitches during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Progressive Field on May 25, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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The Cleveland Indians have been surging of late, putting the Twins on notice in the AL Central-- and they just got some great news on one of their staff stalwarts.

Carlos Carrasco, who hasn't pitched since May 30 as he deals with chronic myeloid leukemia, is ready to start throwing to hitters as soon as Friday.

The baseball world was shocked to hear of Carrasco's initial diagnosis. To see him back and throwing in live action before the end of the summer will be a wonderfully welcome development.

In 12 games this year, Carrasco is 4-6 with a 4.98 ERA and 1.308 WHIP. He has been throwing regular bullpen sessions, running conditioning drills, and working on his fielding. Now, it's up to the club to decide when it's time to ramp up Cookie's rehab.

“The idea that he wants to [throw Friday], I think is terrific, but there’s gotta be some sign off from the medical people,” said Tribe manager Terry Francona, per Cleveland.com. "But the fact that he feels he’s ready to do that is tremendous.”

Fans around the MLB are certainly wishing the very best for Carrasco as he works his way back. Collective fingers are crossed for more good news in due time.