The entire country is going through a health scare with coronavirus at this very moment, but alarmingly, a more familiar and devastating illness has injected itself into the MLB world, while we focused on the unknown.
The Baltimore Orioles announced Trey Mancini had left the team last week with a non-baseball medical issue, a story which then faded into the background as the rest of the game was swept up in panic and cancellations.
Then, the news dropped on Thursday: Mancini was dealing with a malignant tumor in his colon, which he had removed. His timetable for recovery is unknown.
The tumor was discovered during a colonoscopy last week, which isn't a standard procedure for men of his age -- clearly, doctors suspected something. Mancini released a statement through the team thanking everyone for their support.
This is tragic news, and serves as a reminder that it is important to take care of yourself and check on your health. Hopefully, Mancini can get back to normal and get his health back, and we'll all find out that the cancer didn't spread in any form. Returning to the game is the ultimate goal, but let's make sure he can return to everyday life first.