Rays: Minor league pitcher starts chemo to treat cancer


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Rays: Minor league pitcher starts chemo to treat cancer

S T. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Tampa Bay Rays minor league pitcher David Hess says he is beginning chemotherapy to treat a cancerous tumor in his chest.

Hess tweeted Wednesday that he went to an emergency room about a week ago after experiencing chest tightness and shortness of breath.

“After some scans, blood work and time in the hospital, we learned that I had a cancerous germ cell tumor in the center (of) my chest pressing mainly against my heart and lungs,” he wrote. “Today we got the final diagnosis and the treatment plan that the chemotherapy has beginning Monday to shrink and hopefully eradicate the tumor completely.”

The 28-year-old has pitched in the majors for the Baltimore Orioles, Miami Marlins and Tampa Bay, going 6-22 in parts of four seasons. He finished this year with Triple-A Durham, where he was 6-2 with a 3.57 ERA.

Hess said those around him have shown “love, prayers and support in ways that have been so amazing that I don’t think we can even put into words how grateful my family and I are.”

“As we prepare to enter this time of treatment, we are confident that all of this will disappear from my body and soon I will go back to doing what I love on a baseball field and I will be healthy while doing it,” he added. “This is just the beginning of a great story.”


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