Carlos Carrasco pitches for the first time since his cancer diagnosis

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Guys come back from being on the injured list all the time. It’s not very often, though, guys come back from the injured list following a cancer diagnosis. It’s even more rare to see them do it after a diagnosis as recent as the one the Indians Carlos Carrasco received.

Carrasco was back yesterday, however, less than three months after being diagnosed with leukemia, pitching out of the bullpen in the Indians’ 8-2 loss to the Rays.

Carrasco entered in the seventh inning to a standing ovation from the Tropicana Field crowd, with players from both teams cheering him from the front of their dugouts. Shortstop Francisco Lindor went to the mound, hugged him and told him, “Welcome back, Cookie. This is you. This is you right here. We’re behind you. Just go and throw the ball.”

Carrasco, normally a starter who will work out of the bullpen down the stretch, worked one inning and gave up two hits, including a run-scoring single to Travis d'Arnaud. The result, of course, is far less significant than the fact that Carrasco was out there, back to work:

Free agent slugger José Abreu signs 3-year, $58.5M deal with Astros

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HOUSTON — Jose Abreu and the World Series champion Astros agreed to a three-year, $58.5 million contract, adding another powerful bat to Houston’s lineup.

Abreu, the 2020 AL MVP, gets $19.5 million in each of the next three seasons.

He spent his first nine major league seasons with the Chicago White Sox. The first baseman became a free agent after batting .304 with 15 home runs, 75 RBIs and an .824 OPS this year.

With the Astros, he replaces Yuli Gurriel at first base in a batting order that also features All-Star sluggers Yordan Alvarez, Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker.

Gurriel became a free agent after Houston defeated the Philadelphia Phillies this month for its second World Series championship.

The 35-year-old Abreu becomes the biggest free agent to switch teams so far this offseason. Born in Cuba, the three-time All-Star and 2014 AL Rookie of the Year is a .292 career hitter in the majors with 243 homers, 863 RBIs and an .860 OPS.

The Astros announced the signing. Abreu was scheduled to be introduced in a news conference at Minute Maid Park.

He would get a $200,000 for winning an MVP award, $175,000 for finishing second in the voting, $150,000 for third, $125,000 for fourth and $100,000 for fifth. Abreu also would get $100,000 for earning World Series MVP and $75,000 for League Championship Series MVP, $75,000 for making the All-Star team and $75,000 for winning a Gold Glove or a Silver Slugger.

Abreu gets a hotel suite on road trips and the right to buy a luxury suite for all Astros home games.