As part of our mandate to keep an eye on the world of testicular cancer, we often hear about athletes who are battling the disease. For some reason, a disproportionate number of them seem to be baseball players, although we’re not going to attempt to draw any kind of correlation between America’s pastime and ball cancer. The latest player to battle the disease is Connor Joe, who plays for the Los Angeles Dodgers’ minor-league team.
Joe played college ball at the University of San Diego and was drafted by the Pirates in the first round of 2014’s draft. He then knocked around a couple different teams, including the West Virginia Power and the Atlanta Braves’ minor team, before being traded to Los Angeles in 2017. He spent some time with the Giants in their main team, but struggled and was traded back to the Dodgers. He’s a solid player but has simply never had a chance to shine on the diamond at a high level.
Connor Joe left spring training a few weeks ago, and now we know why. He posted on Instagram that he was diagnosed with testicular cancer and required surgery.
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As some of you may know, I made the difficult decision to leave Spring Training 3 weeks ago to attend to personal matters. After some tests and visits with doctors, I unfortunately learned that I have Testicular Cancer. The good news is that we caught it early, and cases like mine are very curable. I have started treatment, underwent surgery yesterday and am in my recovery process now. I recognize the road ahead may be challenging and uncomfortable at times, but God is good and I am staying positive for a quick and full recovery. I am extremely grateful for my wonderful family, friends, the Dodgers organization and teammates for their incredible love and support during this difficult time. Although we tend to shy away from these topics, I am sharing my journey in the hope that this brings more awareness to Men’s Health, and can help others as a result. Thank you again for your continued support, it means the world to me and my family. I will keep you updated on my path to recovery. I look forward to being back in the game as soon as I am able. Trusting in His plan.
We wish him all the best in his recovery.
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