Carrasco positive, determined amid cancer fight

10:32 PM ET

Associated Press

CLEVELAND — Carlos Carrasco‘s smile remains bright, his mood and outlook as positive as ever.

Outwardly, the Indians right-hander doesn’t seem different. He’s determined not to let cancer change him.

“I never put anything bad on my mind,” Carrasco said. “Everything’s good. So I don’t feel different. I just push myself to work more and get stronger.”

Diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia last month, the 32-year-old Carrasco spoke to media members Thursday for the first time since his life took a dramatic, unexpected turn. As he dealt with so many unknowns, Carrasco said he’s never once asked “why me” after learning of his condition.

“I’m not that kind of person,” he said. “If it’s happened, it’s for a reason.”

Carrasco said he first knew something was wrong after he took his annual physical at the start of spring training in Arizona. But after more blood work was done, doctors at The Cleveland Clinic told him he had a treatable form of leukemia and that he could continue pitching as long as he felt up to it.

He has barely slowed down.

Carrasco has been throwing bullpen sessions, doing some recent workouts at

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