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.