Detroit Tigers Pitcher Daniel Norris Diagnosed with Cancer

Detroit Tigers left-handed pitcher Daniel Norris announced that he had thyroid cancer via his Instagram account on Monday.

I’ve been debating for months as to how or even if I should share this with people. – I’m a firm believer in the power of prayer. So now, I’m asking for prayers. – A few months ago, after I was optioned to AAA, I found out I had a growth on my thyroid. Flying back & forth from Toronto to Buffalo after pitching to have more and more tests done it was finally concluded that the growth is considered malignant.. Meaning it contained the C word.. cancer. Hearing this was alarming, yea. Weird, yea, that too. I was given the option to shut my year down & get it removed immediately. However, seeing another doctor that determined I could wait until the end of the season reassured my gut feeling. Just Keep Playing. Baseball kept me sane. Regardless of results on the field, I forgot about it when I was between the lines. Afterall, I was just trying to get the heck out of AAA. & I did. I was revived with an opportunity, a blessing from God, with the Tigers back in the Big Leagues. So yea, the power of prayer.. It got me through this season. Now that it’s over it’s time to get this thing out, so please keep me in your thoughts & prayers as I undergo surgery & come out 100% cancer free! As always,,, #justkeeplivin

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Norris says in the post that he’s going to have the surgery to have the growth removed soon. According to James Schmehl of MLive, Tigers GM Al Avila said “We knew about this before the trade and we expect him to make a full recovery and be ready for Spring Training.” Norris also explains in his post that he would like everyone to keep him in his thoughts and prayers to come out of the suregery “100% cancer free.” He ends his post with the hashing #justkeeplivin, which goes along with his well-known free spirit and his personality that takes life as an adventure. Norris gained popularity this spring for his feature with Vice where it was shown how he lives in a van before the start of the regular season. Norris started the season with Toronto, and as his post above says, found out he had cancer around the time he was optioned to Toronto’s AAA afilliate, Buffalo. Norris, 22, started 13 games (8 with the Tigers) in 2015 and ended it with 13 starts, and a 3.75 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 45-19 K-BB, and 106 ERA+. Norris pitched the whole year knowing he had cancer, which is a pretty amazing feat itself, not to mention he still had to develop and deal with a trade, and settle into a new city, and then an oblique injury. Norris said that the trade to Detroit was a blessing and that he thinks his decision was a good one as he got the opportunity he wanted in Detroit. Many players around the MLB have already expressed their well wishes to Daniel, with probably many more to roll in.

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