(CNN) — It’s not an everyday occurrence that a baseball pitcher receives a standing ovation from the crowd when they earn their way into the mound. But Cleveland Indians star Carlos Carrasco had the 4,000-plus fans at Akron’s Canal Park in their feet as he stepped from the bullpen in the sixth inning and jogged on the field. Carrasco’s warm reception was because he made his first league rehab look after being diagnosed with leukemia on June 5. “It feels great because those people were supporting me the entire way,” Carrasco informed the MLB website. “From day until today.” READ: If you build it… White Sox and Yankees to perform at’Field of Dreams’ film site in Iowa A sudden comeback The Venezuelan overlooked the 2012 MLB season after undergoing Tommy John surgery — ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction. And on his street to return from his leukemia investigation, Indians manager Terry Francona said weekly Carrasco pitched around 90-93 mph at a game. But the proved he had more in the tank on the very first pitch of his assignment with Cleveland’s AA affiliate in Akron. Carrasco fired at a 97 miles which amazed even himself. “You know what, it feels fantastic because the first time coming back in two and a half an hour without baseball and only a couple bullpens, possibly three or four bullpens, and the very first pitch is 97 [mph],” Carrasco said. “Right off, I return into the scoreboard because I just wanted to learn what was that pitch, and it was 97 miles and it seems fantastic. “I was amazed because all my pitches were way different than previously. Even my changeup, too.” READ: David Ortiz calls caregivers, nurses and for his physicians’some I have ever had’ Returning to the time His off-field ventures have also made him a beloved figure there, if Carrasco performances made him hot in Cleveland. With the help of his spouse, Karelis, the Venezuelan set up home in Venezuela and back the Carlos Carrasco Foundation which funding early childhood education in Cleveland. Francona said the strategy was to maintain Carrasco on a reliever’s plan to ease him back to baseball and eventually back in Cleveland. “I think when he started thinking about establishing as a rookie, it sort of seemed somewhat daunting, somewhat far away,” the manager said. But observing an outing which included 11 of the 16 pitches clocking at higher or 94 mph, the return of Carrasco could be sooner rather than later. See CNN.com/game to get features information, and videos “I am prepared to go,” added Carrasco. “We are going to have to wait till tomorrow to find out what’s the next step.” Read more here: http://tsllibya.com/?p=18057