Trey Mancini's recovery will take 'months rather than weeks' -

Rich Dubroff

Trey Mancini’s recovery will take ‘months rather than weeks’

Photo Credit: Joy R. Absalon

Orioles outfielder Trey Mancini underwent surgery to remove a malignant tumor from his colon on March 12, the day that Major League Baseball ended spring training because of the coronavirus pandemic.

General manager Mike Elias said on a Zoom conference call on Monday that he’s been speaking with Mancini.

“He’s doing well,” Elias said. “He’s got a major procedure and a major life event. The recovery is a long one, and it’s a serious one. His health status personally, the way that the operation went and the demographics age-wise and health-wise that he resides in going into this puts him in a really good spot to make a 100 percent recovery both from a general health standpoint, but also a baseball sense.

“It is going to take some time, and he is going to be out for months rather than weeks.”

Elias said that Mancini, who has not spoken with the media since the procedure, would be speaking soon and providing more details.

“With us not knowing what or when this season will start and end, it’s really hard for me to put his recovery timeline in the context of the baseball season right now,” Elias said.

“We’re totally confident in the outcome and his eventual comeback.”

Elias said that he’s been reading about the various scenarios for starting the season.

“You don’t know what to think,” he said. “We’re really trying to play. The players want to play, and the league wants to play, but we’re also, all of us, very mindful of what the priorities are right now, and that’s public health. That topic is going to have to be addressed in a satisfactory way before we can conceivably play.


“It doesn’t mean you can’t plan, start to think. I like the fact that we’re hearing ideas. People in the league offices and across sports are working on scenarios for baseball to come back this year because we really want to be a part of a feeling of normal life.

“We think sports will mean a lot to people, especially in this period of time, to have something to follow,  even though it’s just sports and it’s entertainment … I think it’ll mean a lot when it comes back.”

One of the proposed plans involves teams returning to their spring training sites in Florida and Arizona and playing in empty stadiums, at least to begin the season.

Elias said that he thinks Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota would be an acceptable venue, if necessary.

“I think our first choice, all of us, will be to play with fans somewhere, and up north versus down south,” Elias said. “I’d think we’d all prefer it to be at home, but this isn’t a normal situation. We’re going to presumably have to take what we can get.

“If that’s what comes first, I would think our spring training facility could host major league baseball. We do it in March and February under normal circumstances. That’s all just speculation right now.”

Elias said he discusses possibilities with other general managers.

“The problem is, we just can’t make a lot of decisions just because we don’t know what the circumstances are,” Elias said. “That’s totally to be expected right now. Before we get to sports, there are a lot of things that need to be decided. We’re all kind of game-planning, speculatively.”

Other than the draft, which was scheduled for June 10-12, there’s not much Elias can plan for.

“In terms of what and when major and minor league baseball looks like, it’s too early to plan,” he said.

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  1. ClayDal

    April 13, 2020 at 7:21 pm

    I’m curious about your obsession with the Orioles throwing around the football. Googled “Orioles tossing around football” and came up w

  2. ClayDal

    April 13, 2020 at 7:28 pm

    Wish they would allow for editing on this website when you inadvertently hit the Post Comment button. Anyway after Googling Orioles tossing football came up with David Hess getting hit in the eye trying to catch a football. I remember Michael Bourn breaking a finger playing catch with a football. All the articles on Hess say “It’s a normal sight almost ALL across the majors to see pitchers doing running work involving football passes before batting practice” . As Buck Showalter said “ you can get hurt tripping over a curb” . So I don’t see an issue with the Orioles ( and OTHER teams) tossing around a football.

  3. ptmt86

    April 13, 2020 at 7:55 pm

    I was a fan of Mancini in the very beginning. Kind of reminded me old Merv Rettenmund. Style, play, etc. Merv was in the behind the scenes kind of guy. Trey has the opportunity to lead this team. However, health and family first. My thoughts and prayers are with him during this healing time. It’s imperative that he gets well.

  4. CalsPals

    April 14, 2020 at 9:36 am

    Tough times right now, with his immune system where it’s at, stay away & get healthy, god bless & many prayers for him…go O’s….

  5. Snshatz

    April 14, 2020 at 3:47 pm

    Not only have I been anOrioles fan since 1958 but it’s rare that a young man of your caliber and skills come around. I remember your first night at Candem Yards and couldn’t have made you parents more proud. I pray that God has more in store for you and at my age, I hope to see you do good deeds as you deserve. God bless you Trey…..

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