Just over three months before the scheduled start of spring training, Oriole first baseman/outfielder Trey Mancini said he’s happy with his progress. Mancini underwent colon cancer surgery on March 12 and missed the 2020 season while rehabbing and undergoing chemotherapy.
“Health-wise, I’m feeling great,” Mancini said during a video conference call from Nashville on Wednesday. “I feel totally like myself, working out, hitting and just getting ready for spring training.”
Mancini is scheduled to report to spring training in Sarasota, Florida along with the other position players on February 21st.
“My coordination is just as good as it was, and everything feels fantastic,” Mancini said. “I feel strong and like myself.”
Mancini hasn’t spoken with executive vice president/general manager Mike Elias and manager Brandon Hyde about the Orioles’ specific plans for him in 2021.
In 2020, Austin Hays, Ryan Mountcastle, Cedric Mullins, Anthony Santander and DJ Stewart played the outfield, and it seems likely that Mancini will play first base in 2021.
“We haven’t really talked about that too much,” Mancini said. “Obviously, I’ve been through a lot this year, so that’s kind of the last thing on our minds. But now that we’ve turned that corner, it’s obviously something everybody’s thinking about.
“I said this my rookie year, I’ll say it now: Wherever they want me to play, whatever they want me to do, I’ll do it. I never take that for granted. Getting to play major league baseball every day that’s been my dream my whole life.
“If they want me in the outfield, I’ll play outfield. If they want me at first, I’ll be there. DH, I’ll be there. If they want to try me out at second base, I’ll do it. I don’t recommend that. Literally, whatever they want. I’m thankful to go out there and perform for the team, and I know I’ll do that.”
More than $80,000 was raised through the sales of #F16HT T-shirts, which benefits the Colorectal Cancer Alliance.
“It just means the world to me,” Mancini said.