Orioles outfielder Trey Mancini revealed Tuesday he was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer at the start of this year’s spring training.
Mancini also stated that he likely won’t be able to take the field for the 2020 MLB season, which is postponed indefinitely, as he faces chemo treatment for six months.
In the article, which is entitled, ‘I Am So Lucky,’ Mancini details how he reported to spring training before undergoing a series of annual blood tests and physicals like usual. After his initial results showed depleted levels of iron, the team issued a second test to ensure everything was normal. Mancini assumed it was connected to him feeling under the weather.
“When I went in for an endoscopy and colonoscopy, the doctors told me that they were really expecting to confirm that I had celiac disease, which is found in your small intestine. When the anesthesia put me under, I believed everything was going to be O.K,” he wrote. “And then I woke up.”
Mancini underwent surgery on March 28 to remove a malignant tumor in his colon. The Orioles had originally announced that Mancini left spring training for a “non-baseball medical procedure.” Mancini credits the organization with saving his life.
“Without the Orioles I never would have caught this before it may have been too late,” he wrote. “There was really no indication that anything was wrong other than me just feeling a little more tired than normal. Everything that comes up when you google colon cancer? I didn’t have any of it.
“And so without that second blood test I probably would not have discovered the tumor until I had a total blockage of my colon. Instead, from the day I was diagnosed to when the tumor was removed was just six days — March 6 to March 12.”
Coming off the best year of his career and considering his age, Mancini was shocked at his diagnosis. He blasted a career-high 35 homers and registered 97 RBIs in 2019 before signing a one-year, $4.75 million extension with Baltimore.
Mancini also detailed what going through chemotherapy during the age of COVID-19 has been like. His girlfriend cannot accompany him to appointments.
“I’m getting chemo at a hospital in Baltimore, and I have to drive up there alone,” he said. “Nobody is allowed to come in with me, and that’s completely fine by me. I don’t want anybody else being put at risk — people that are close to me and that I love, and other people in the hospital. You just never know.
“COVID-19 has spread so quickly. I’m definitely trying to follow all the protocols, not only because it’s the right thing to do, but also because I don’t want to expose myself to anything, especially before going into chemotherapy.”
But Mancini is optimistic and says he’s already looking forward to the next spring training.