(CNN) — It isn’t an everyday phenomenon that a baseball pitcher receives a standing ovation from the audience when they make their way to the mound.
But Cleveland Indians star Carlos Carrasco jogged on the area and had the 4,000-plus fans at the Canal Park on their feet of Akron as he stepped out of the bullpen in the sixth inning.
The hot reception of carrasco was because he made his first minor league rehab look.
“It feels great as those people were supporting me the whole way,” Carrasco advised the MLB site. “From day until now.”
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A sudden comeback
The Venezuelan overlooked the full 2012 MLB season after undergoing Tommy John surgery — ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction.
And on his path Indians manager Terry Francona said last week, Carrasco pitched around 90-93 mph at a game.
But the demonstrated he had more in the tank as on the first pitch of his assignment using Cleveland’s AA affiliate in Akron. Carrasco fired at a 97 miles which amazed even himself.
“You know everything, it seems amazing because the very first time coming back from two and a half an hour with no baseball and just a few bullpens, possibly four or three bullpens, and the very first pitch is 97 [miles ],” Carrasco said.
“Right away, I looked back to the scoreboard since I just wanted to learn what was the pitch, and it was 97 mph and it seems amazing.
“I was amazed because all my pitches were way different than previously. My changeup, also.”
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Returning to the large time
His ventures have also made him a beloved figure , if Carrasco performances made him popular in Cleveland.
With the support of his spouse, Karelis, the Venezuelan set up the Carlos Carrasco Foundation which funding early childhood education in Cleveland and back home in Venezuela.
Francona said the plan was supposed to maintain Carrasco to a reliever’s program back in Cleveland and eventually to facilitate him back to baseball.
“I believe when he started thinking about building up as a newcomer, it sort of seemed somewhat daunting, somewhat far away,” the manager said.
But following an outing that comprised 11 of his 16 pitches clocking at higher or 94 mph, Carrasco’s return could be earlier rather than later.
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“I am all set to go,” added Carrasco. “We’ll have to wait until tomorrow to determine what is the next measure .”

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