Former major league catcher Darren Daulton underwent surgery today at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital to remove two tumors from his brain, according to CSNPhilly.com. We learned last week about the unfortunate diagnosis.
Today’s procedure took seven hours and was performed by Dr. Kevin D. Judy, M.D., who specializes in neurosurgery. Judy said Daulton is in good spirits and is already talking quite a bit, though the particulars for his recovery won’t be known until they see the final pathology on the tumors. One of the biggest concerns is his language function, which is what brought him to the doctor in the first place.
CSNPhilly.com has video of an interview with Judy:
We’re all rooting for you, “Dutch.”
The Fernando Rodney Experience hasn’t been a good one for the Twins thus far. The veteran closer served up three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to the Yankees on Thursday afternoon, erasing a 4-1 lead and blowing his third save in five opportunities.
In the ninth, Didi Gregorius reached on a throwing error by Miguel Sano. Giancarlo Stanton then singled, and Gary Sanchez followed up with a walk-off three-run home run.
Rodney, 41, now sports a 6.75 ERA on the year. He inked a one-year, $4.5 million contract with the Twins back in December. The club has an option for next year worth $4.25 million. If things keep going the way they’re going, the Twins aren’t going to want to pick up that option.
The Twins may even want to think about moving Ryan Pressly or Addison Reed into the closer’s role, even if just temporarily. Pressly has been terrific, tossing 13 scoreless innings with 18 strikeouts. Reed has a 2.25 ERA with 12 strikeouts in 12 innings.