While the official results won’t be known until Tuesday, doctors are “99 percent sure” Gary Carter has Grade 4 Glioblastoma and his brain tumors are inoperable, the New York Post reports.
An MRI on May 21 showed that Carter had four small brain tumors, and a biopsy performed on one last week had doctors saying they were “90 percent” sure it was malignant.
Carter’s daughter, Kimmy Bloemers, wrote that the cancer “is like a snake of tumors that are connected across the back of the brain. The biggest tumor is on the left side of the brain.”
Blomers went on to write that Dr. Henry Friedman of the Duke Medical Center told the family the medical team will be “attacking and doing all we can to shrink these tumors. He explained that we are not fighting to prolong Dad’s life, instead, we are fighting to cure him completely.”
According to Wikipedia, Glioblastoma multiforme is the most common and most aggressive malignant primary brain tumor in humans and the median survival time after a diagnosis is approximately 14 months.
To say the least, Gary has a very tough fight coming up.
Tigers’ right-handed reliever Francisco Rodriguez was released on Friday, per a team announcement. The club recalled fellow right-hander Bruce Rondon from Triple-A Toledo in a corresponding move.
The former closer got the boot after losing his closing role in early May, giving left-hander Justin Wilson a chance to impress at the back end of the bullpen. It’s been a rough year for Rodriguez, who manufactured six blown saves and a 7.82 ERA, 3.9 BB/9 and 8.2 SO/9 over 25 1/3 innings for the Tigers. The final straw, it seemed, came with Robinson Cano‘s grand slam in the seventh inning of the Tigers’ 6-9 loss to the Mariners on Thursday.
While the demotion to a clean-up role and an apparent lack of communication caused Rodriguez considerable frustration, he’s two years removed from his last dominant performance as a major league closer and has shown few signs of returning to form. His recent slump doesn’t diminish the impressive totals he’s racked up over his 16-year career — 437 saves and six All-Star nominations among them — but if he can’t break out of it soon, he may not receive the kind of high leverage role he’s seeking with another big league team, either.
The Red Sox have signed third baseman Jhonny Peralta to a minor-league deal. He’ll report to Pawtucket.
Peralta, 35, hit a paltry .204/.259/.204 in 58 plate appearances for the Cardinals this year. But with Pablo Sandoval on the disabled list — and ineffective when he hasn’t been — the Sox could use some infield depth.
This is the second former Tiger that former Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski has picked up today, after signing Doug Fister. No word if he’s kicking the tires on Andy Dirks or Brennan Boesch.