Detroit Tigers pitcher Daniel Norris revealed on Monday that he has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer and will undergo surgery during the offseason to remove the cancerous growth.
Daniel Norris, who is only 22 years old shared the news via his instagram account. He was diagnosed a couple of months after being optioned to Triple-A-Buffalo in April.
Tigers general manager Alex Avila confirmed that the club was aware of his diagnosis before making the trade with the Blue Jays. Avila is confident that Daniel Norris will make a full recovery.
Here is Daniel Norris’ full statement posted to his Instagram:
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. After all, 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.