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Trey Mancini ‘as positive as possible’ after surgery, Orioles GM Mike Elias says

Orioles outfielder Trey Mancini is in good spirits a day after surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from his colon, executive vice president/general manager Mike Elias said Friday.

Mancini has been away from the team since March 7, when manager Brandon Hyde said the 27-year-old would undergo a “non-baseball medical procedure.” Elias said he has been keeping in touch with Mancini’s family and reiterated that more would be known about Mancini’s medical outlook and timeline for a return to baseball in the coming days.

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“He’s doing really well,” Elias said on a conference call with reporters. “I think that his procedure and where he’s at right now is about as positive as possible [in terms] of his spirits and his physical feeling right now, so we’ll just keep our fingers crossed and take this as it comes. But he’s doing really well, and the operation went very well."

The news of Mancini’s operation came on the same day that Major League Baseball announced it was canceling remaining spring training games and delaying Opening Day, originally scheduled for March 26, by at least two weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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“It's been quite a week,” Elias said.

Mancini was voted Most Valuable Oriole in 2019, hitting a career-high 35 home runs with an .899 OPS. Like other Orioles, he missed time this spring as an illness made its way around the team’s clubhouse. On March 2, he exited a game after only two at-bats, a predetermined number because he wasn’t feeling well, and hasn’t played since. The tumor was discovered through a colonoscopy.

“The outpouring of love and support I have received has made an extremely tough week so much better,” Mancini said in a statement Thursday. “I have the best family, friends, fans, and teammates imaginable. I am also eternally thankful for the Orioles front office, our athletic trainers, and the entire medical staff for everything they have done to help me during this time. Finally, I would like to thank everyone for their prayers and kind words, which have furthered my excitement to get back to playing the game I love.”

Several of his teammates, whom he informed of his condition the morning of March 7 before leaving camp, tweeted support.

“Ultimate leader, ultimate teammate,” All-Star left-hander John Means wrote. “We’re all praying for you.”

“Glad everything went well,” right-hander Branden Kline wrote. “You’re not going through this alone!!!”

“Happy to hear everything went great today,” right-hander Shawn Armstrong wrote. “You are in all of our continued prayers down here in Florida! Get back to us soon my dude, we are all with you in spirit!”

“One of the best teammates and players I’ve had the privilege to play with,” right-hander David Hess wrote. “We love you and are praying for you!”

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