Mancini received an exam at spring training that revealed his iron levels were low. He figured colon cancer was a remote possibility because of his age.
“I was only 27. No way I had that,” he wrote. “My dad had had stage 2 colon cancer in 2011, but he was 58 then. We just thought I was way too young for me to have it.”
A colonoscopy revealed the tumor, and Mancini had surgery March 12.
Mancini is certain he will be able to play again but unsure of when.
“Even when I’m doing chemo, I can work out and do some things. So, whenever the time comes for me to come back to baseball, I’ll be ready,” he wrote. “But I just want to make sure that I am physically fine before I go out there and start trying to perform again at a major league level.”
Mancini had a career year in 2019, his third full season with Baltimore. He played in 154 games and batted .291 with 35 homers and 97 RBIs even though the last-place Orioles lost more than 100 games for the second year in a row.
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