Pitcher David Hess, whose career was previously cut short by a cancer diagnosis, has announced the disease has returned.
“The past two weeks have been a whirlwind for us with this cancer journey that never seems to end,” he posted on Instagram on Friday. “We discovered that inside my tumor was (a) very rare and very aggressive type of cancer called angiosarcoma.
“Along with this finding, lung nodules appeared that we don’t yet know what to do with.”
Hess, 29, said he will have surgery on Tuesday to biopsy the nodules and will also have upcoming surgery to remove the tumor. He will also have chemotherapy.
“I will fight like hell and do whatever is necessary for a cancer free prognosis at some point,” he wrote.
David Hess announced he was diagnosed with cancer for the second time on Friday
The former Orioles, Marlins and Rays pitcher shared a lengthy health update on Instagram
Hess will now undergo surgery and chemotherapy. He and his wife, Devin, married in 2016
A fundraising online was set up on Friday to help Hess and his wife, Devin, with their medical bills.
“The Hessians have hearts of gold and are facing this unthinkable journey with unending faith, grace and strength,” the page’s description read. “We are committed to doing whatever we can to help, and we appreciate everyone’s support!”
The biggest contribution to date came from Chicago White Sox reliever Liam Hendriks and his wife, Kristi, who donated $5,000 on Friday.
Hendriks was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma last December and is set to return to the team. He rang the “victory bell” during his final chemotherapy session on April 5.
Biggest contribution to Hess’ Go Fund Me so far comes from White Sox reliever Liam Hendriks
Liam Hendriks first spoke about his battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in May
Hess was diagnosed with germ cell tumor, a rare form of cancer, in his chest in October 2021
Hess was ‘cured’ and cleared to participate in baseball activities in 2022. Seen with Devin in February 2023
On Saturday night, the online fundraiser surpassed its $15,000 mark by $770.
Hess was diagnosed with a germ cell tumor, a rare form of cancer, in his chest in October 2021 after going to the emergency room with chest tightness and “severe shortness of breath.”
After treatment for the cantaloupe-sized tumor, he was cleared to return to baseball in early 2022.
Hess has a 6-22 career record with a 6.25 ERA in 62 games (34 starts) with the Baltimore Orioles (2018-20), Miami Marlins (2021) and Tampa Bay Rays (2021). ).
He spent the 2022 season in the Rays’ minor league system, going 2-1 with a 13.06 ERA in 10 1/3 innings in eight relief appearances.