Detroit Tigers pitcher Daniel Norris announced this afternoon that he has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Norris announced the news himself via Instagram.
Norris received his diagnosis during the regular season while still with the Blue Jays system but opted to keep playing and postpone treatment until the completion of the campaign. From Norris:
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. . .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.
Norris made 13 starts for the Blue Jays and Tigers this year and was one of the key components of the David Price trade between the two clubs. Overall he posted a 3.75 ERA in 60 innings with a 45/19 K/BB, very credible for a rookie under any conditions and especially under these personal circumstances.