BALTIMORE (WJZ) – After he was diagnosed with cancer, David Hess, a pitcher with the Tampa Bay Rays, said he thought of his former Baltimore Orioles teammate Trey Mancini.
The Orioles first team player is back for the 2021 season after battling colon cancer, and Mancini has not only played 147 games, he’s hit 21 games at home and reached the final of the Orioles. Home Run Derby during the mid-season All Star Game festival.
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Mancini, 29, has been awarded the US Championship Comeback of the Year by both fellow players and the league.
“That was – and still is – a big motivating factor, just to see how he handled it and see that it could happen, and try to follow in those footsteps and hopefully have the same pattern.” story,” Hess said in a video recounting his battle with cancer.
.@ hess_express28 and his recovery journey.
David Hess just received the news that he has recovered from cancer. It was help from his wife and friends – including @TreyMancini and Daniel Bard – that got him to the finish line. pic.twitter.com/7n1nW0taS5
– MLBPA (@MLBPA) March 8, 2022
In a video shared by the Major League Baseball Players Association on Tuesday, Hess recalls struggling at the end of the baseball season and getting easier. He suggested that this could be an asymptomatic case of COVID-19.
A brief stint in the off-season rendered him completely useless, and the next day, he coughed up blood in the shower.
“That’s what really started the whole thing,” he said.
An oncologist found a cantaloupe-sized tumor in Hess’ chest pushing down on his heart and pressing on his lungs and arteries, leading to a blood clot. Hess was diagnosed with a germ cell tumor, a rare form of cancer.
Doctors told Hess that the run he went on probably killed him, he recalls.
Five days after he shared the news of his diagnosis on Twitter, Hess got his first treatment.
Life update: pic.twitter.com/PtVcI24w0S
– David Hess (@ hess_express28) October 13, 2021
Mancini recalls talking to Hess shortly after being diagnosed.
“I know it’s scary, I know this feeling you’re feeling right now,” he told Hess. “I’m sure you’ll get through that. If I can do it, you definitely can. ”
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Drafted by Orioles a year apart, Mancini and Hess were teammates in Baltimore from 2018-2019.
Hess played three games with the Orioles during the 2020 COVID-19 shortened season, when Mancini was sidelined with cancer.
In 2021, Hess works with the Tampa Bay Rays and Miami Marlins organizations. The Rays signed him to a minor contract in November.
After being diagnosed, the 28-year-old underwent three cycles of chemotherapy that lasted three weeks, where he eventually lost his hair.
“As everyone knows with chemotherapy, it can be difficult sometimes,” he said. “Every day you finish the treatment and you just feel exhausted. And it’s really weird to look in the mirror and see a completely different reflection looking back at you.”
During a follow-up appointment, Hess’ oncologist asked him, “Are you ready to go back to work?” The cancer has almost completely disappeared.
Hess sent a message to his former teammate a short time later.
“He texted me the next day or two and told me he was cleared and everything was gone and in complete remission, and he could start his life again. me again,” Mancini recalls. “I’m really happy about that.”
On January 28th, the person on the right tweeted he was “cured” and was paid for all physical activity.
“I cannot thank everyone for the prayers, support and love through this,” he said. “Hopefully the time will come soon to get back to work and get back to work.”
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He’s due to report to Camp Rays this month.
https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2022/03/08/david-hess-recalls-how-former-orioles-teammate-trey-mancini-helped-him-with-cancer-battle/ David Hess Recalls How Former Orioles Teammate Trey Mancini Helped Him In His Battle With Cancer – CBS Baltimore