(CNN) — It’s not an everyday event that a baseball pitcher receives a standing ovation from the audience when they earn their way to the mound.
But Cleveland Indians celebrity Carlos Carrasco needed the 4,000-plus lovers at the Canal Park in their toes of Akron as he stepped out of the bullpen in the sixth inning and jogged on the area.
The hot reception of carrasco was since he made his first league rehab appearance after being diagnosed with leukemia on June 5.
“It feels amazing as people were behind me the whole way,” Carrasco advised the MLB website. “From day one until now.”
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A sudden comeback
The Venezuelan overlooked the full 2012 MLB season.
And on his path Indians manager Terry Francona said weekly, Carrasco pitched around 90-93 mph in a simulated game.
But the proved he had more in the tank on the very first pitch of his assignment using Cleveland’s AA affiliate in Akron. Carrasco fired at a 97 mph which surprised even himself.
“You know what, it feels great because the first time coming back in 2 and a half months without baseball and only a few bullpens, maybe four or three bullpens, along with the first pitch is 97 [mph],” Carrasco said.
“Right off, I return to the scoreboard because I only wanted to find out what was the pitch, and it had been 97 mph and it feels amazing.
“I was surprised because most of my pitches were way different than before. Even my changeup, also.”
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Returning to the time
His off-field ventures have also made him a beloved figure if Carrasco’s on-field performances made him famous in Cleveland.
With the support of his wife the Venezuelan set up back and the Carlos Carrasco Foundation which funding early childhood education in Cleveland home in Venezuela.
Francona said the strategy was to keep Carrasco on a reliever’s program to ease him back and finally back into the Major Leagues at Cleveland Saturday.
“I think when he started thinking about establishing as a newcomer, it kind of seemed a little daunting, somewhat way off,” the manager said.
But observing an outing which included 11 of his 16 pitches clocking at 94 mph or greater, the yield of Carrasco could be sooner rather than later.
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“I am prepared to go,” added Carrasco. “We are going to have to wait till tomorrow to understand what is the next step.”

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