Mancini agreed to a one-year, $4.75 million deal with the Orioles on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. He missed the entire 2020 season after being diagnosed with colon cancer, but it was reported in November that his bloodwork showed no tumor DNA, putting him on track for a return to full baseball activities this spring. This agreement with Baltimore is another sign that the team believes in his recovery and availability for the upcoming season.
Mancini, who missed the entire 2019 season after being diagnosed with colon cancer, said Wednesday that his most recent bloodwork showed no tumor DNA, putting him on track to return to full activities during spring training, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports. While speaking to the media, Mancini noted that he's been working out five days a week and taking light batting practice so far during the offseason. Mancini should gradually ramp up his activity as spring training nears, and assuming he continues to receive good news in his follow-up tests, he'll be ready to go in full capacity. The 28-year-old noted that the Orioles haven't told him whether they envision him being someone who can contribute regularly at first base or in the corner outfield in 2021, but Mancini should at least have a clear path to everyday at-bats at designated hitter if the club prefers to limit his usage on defense.
Mancini (cancer) took batting practice in his cage Thursday, Jesse Pantuosco of Radio.com reports. It was reported earlier in the week that the Baltimore slugger was close to resuming baseball activities. Mancini completed treatment for colon cancer last month after missing the entire 2020 season. He is expected to be ready for spring training.
Mancini (cancer) is building up his strength and working his way towards baseball activities, Nathan Ruiz of The Baltimore Sun reports. Mancini missed the entirety of the 2020 campaign while undergoing treatment for colon cancer. While general manager Mike Elias' update was generally positive, Mancini understandably has quite a ways to go before he's back in baseball shape, with Elias merely saying, "He's slowly getting back into baseball-ish type activities."
The Orioles are hopeful that Mancini will be able to join the team for spring training, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports. Mancini missed the entire season while undergoing treatment for colon cancer. He has to regain his general physical strength, let alone his baseball-specific skills, but the Orioles are confident he'll be able to do so this offseason.