Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Braves pitcher Mike Minor underwent cringeworthy surgery this offseason

Mike Minor may have undergone the most harrowing medical procedure of any baseball player this offseason after having his urethra operated on.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has more on the cringeworthy details:

Minor, 26, had a cystoscopy performed Dec. 31 by a specialist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, after having difficulty urinating for the past two years. He had visited multiple urologists and other specialists in that period, and none could figure out what was causing the problem.

It worsened to the point where he had to go to the emergency room, and a specialist at Vanderbilt said he had scar tissue built up inside his urethra that would have to be removed via the cystoscopy. He was told there was a 50 percent chance that it could return at some point, and that it was impossible to predict when.

After undergoing surgery, the Braves southpaw missed considerable practice time in January, resulting in some shoulder soreness when he did finally resume pitching recently. Now, the Braves are proceeding with Minor with caution, but he is expected to be good to go by spring training.

As a man, I can only help but show empathy toward the poor guy, and I'm hoping he never has to worry about this troubling problem ever again.

Via Deadspin (Photo Credit: AP)