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Tampa Bay Rays minor league pitcher David Hess says he is starting chemotherapy to treat a cancerous tumor in his chest

Daily Mail
Daily Mail
 2021-10-13

Tampa Bay Rays minor league pitcher David Hess announced that he is starting chemotherapy to treat a cancerous tumor in his chest.

The 28-year-old pitcher broke the news in a tweet titled 'Life update' accompanied by a note that said he discovered the diagnosis a week ago when he went to an emergency room after experiencing chest tightness and shortness of breath.

'After some scans, blood work, and time at the hospital we learned that I had a cancerous germ cell tumor sitting in the center (of) my chest pressing majorly against my heart and lungs,' he wrote.

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Pitcher David Hess (pictured) told his Twitter followers that he discovered his cancer diagnosis a week ago after a trip to the emergency room
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'Today we got the final diagnosis and treatment plan that has chemo starting up on Monday to shrink and hopefully eradicate the tumor entirely,' Hess added.

The 28-year-old has pitched in the majors for Baltimore, Miami 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, AP reported.

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Hess has pitched for Baltimore, Miami and Tampa Bay, going 6-22 in parts of four seasons

Hess said those closest to him have helped him through this tough time and he has been showered with 'love, prayers, and support in ways that have been so amazing I don't think we can even put into words how grateful my family and I are.'

Hess is maintaining a positive attitude and said he is sure he will come out of this healthy and back to playing the game he loves.

'As we get ready to go into this treatment time, we are confident this will all be gone from my body and I´ll be back doing what I love on a baseball field soon and be healthy while doing it,' he added. 'This is just the beginning of a great story.'

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