Trey Mancini had successful surgery to remove a malignant tumor from his colon, the Orioles announced March 12.
The Orioles had initially said March 7 that Mancini left the team to undergo a “non-baseball medical procedure” without offering any specifics. The club revealed March 12 the tumor was discovered last week during a colonoscopy.
The Orioles won’t know lab results and Mancini’s timetable for a return until next week, but their main concern is his ongoing health.
“We are doing everything in our power to ensure Trey recovers fully, and we can’t wait to see him back on the field as soon as possible,” Orioles general manager Mike Elias said in a statement.
Mancini finished spring training with four hits with two RBIs in just 14 at-bats before dealing with flu-like symptoms. Major League Baseball halted all action March 12 due to concerns with the coronavirus, and Opening Day was pushed back at least two weeks.
Mancini was touched by the number of fans who reached out to him via social media.
“The outpouring of love and support I have received has made an extremely tough week so much better,” Mancini said in a statement. “I have the best family, friends, fans, and teammates imaginable.
“I am also eternally thankful for the Orioles front office, our athletic trainers, and the entire medical staff for everything they have done to help me during this time. Finally, I would like to thank everyone for their prayers and kind words, which have furthered my excitement to get back to playing the game I love.”
Mancini has established himself as the face of the franchise and was the Orioles’ MVP last season after leading the team in doubles (38), home runs (35), RBI (97), extra-base hits (75), total bases (322), on-base percentage (.364), slugging (.535) and OPS (.899).
Mancini also ranked second among AL outfielders in extra-base hits and total bases, third in runs scored, tied for third in hits, fourth in doubles, fifth in multi-hit games, sixth in RBI, seventh in home runs and eighth in OPS.
Once play restarts, Mancini’s absence in the outfield is likely to be filled by Dwight Smith Jr. in the short term with Austin Hays in center and Anthony Santander in the other corner spot.
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