Former Notre Dame baseball player, Trey Mancini, gives cancer update

Trey Mancini (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
Trey Mancini (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /

Former Notre Dame first baseman and current Baltimore Orioles right fielder, Trey Mancini, recently announced he is battling stage three colon cancer.

Earlier this spring, the Baltimore Orioles announced that former Notre Dame first baseman and current Orioles right fielder, Trey Mancini, had left the team to deal with a medical issue. At the time, it was unknown what medical issue Mancini was facing but given the suddenness and tight-lipped nature of the situation, it seemed concerning.

On March 6, Mancini was diagnosed with colon cancer, which prompted him to have to leave the Orioles during Spring Training. On March 12, he would undergo surgery to have the cancerous mass removed from his colon.

Recently, Trey Mancini announced that doctors had diagnosed him with Stage III colon cancer and that he had begun chemotherapy treatment on April 12. The Stage III diagnosis is concerning because it indicates that this is a rather severe case of cancer for the 28-year-old Mancini.

Trey Mancini was a standout baseball player for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish baseball team from 2011-2013. During his time with the Irish, he would have a career .297 batting average and would swat 28 home runs. Following his productive collegiate career with Notre Dame, Mancini would be drafted in the 8th round of the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft by the Baltimore Orioles, where he would become one of Major League Baseball’s top prospects.

Last season marked the best year of Mancini’s professional career, as he would have a .291 batting average, 35 home runs, 97 runs batted in, and 106 runs scored with the Orioles. The home run, RBI, and run totals were all the highest of Mancini’s four-year Major League Baseball career.

As a result of the diagnosis and the consequent treatment, Mancini announced that he was unlikely to play baseball this season, regardless if Major League Baseball resumes their season from the current postponement it is enduring due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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We at Slap the Sign, along with all Notre Dame fans, wish Trey Mancini a very speedy recovery and we hope to see him healthy and able to resume his baseball career as quickly as possible.