Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Cleveland CF Leonys Martin Is Battling A Life-Threatening Bacterial Infection

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We've all become inured to a whole array of baseball disabilities—you know, pulled hamstrings, inter-coastal strains, even "heavy legs" from playing on AstroTurf. But only rarely do baseball players suffer truly life-threatening injuries. Such is the case with Cleveland Indians center-fielder Leonys Martin. The 30-year-old —who came over to The Tribe in a trade-deadline deal with the Tigers—has been in a hospital since Friday battling a life-threatening bacterial infection that has attacked his internal organs. While he is reportedly "improving", he will likely be out of action for several weeks while recovering from this very serious medical event. Said former Red Sox and current Tribe manager Terry Francona, "We have to respect what the family wishes, so we are. We talked to the team a little bit. We just need to respect their privacy right now. What I would say: If you believe in saying prayers and things like that, keep him in your thoughts. But he's in a good place. He's at the Clinic, and he's getting good care." Obviously, we wish Leonys a very speedy recovery and a return to full health.