Trey Mancini reveals that he has Stage III colon cancer

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Last month, Orioles outfielder Trey Mancini underwent surgery to remove a malignant tumor from his colon.  The tumor was discovered during a colonoscopy.

On Monday, Orioles executive VP and GM Mike Elias gave an initial timetable for Mancini’s recovery, saying that, while Mancini is expected to make “a 100% recovery both from a general health standpoint, but also a baseball sense,” his recovery will take “months rather than weeks.”

As of today, we now know that it will likely be a year: Mancini wrote a first-person piece titled “I Am So Lucky” for The Players Tribune today and in it he revealed that he was diagnosed with Stage III colon cancer. Mancini says he faces six months of chemotherapy, which he began in mid-April. He says that if baseball starts its 2020 season it will almost certainly be without him.

Mancini, 28, was one of the few bright spots for the Orioles last year, hitting .291/.364/.535 with 35 home runs, 97 RBI, and 106 runs scored in 679 plate appearances. Here’s hoping that his treatment goes as smoothly as possible and that we see him back on the field in 2021.

Phillies’ Bryce Harper to miss start of season after elbow surgery

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PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.

The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.

The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.

Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.

Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.

In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the season.

Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.

With Harper out, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.