Cedric Mullins had career-year while battling health issue

Baltimore Orioles All-Star center fielder Cedric Mullins has revealed that he has dealt with Crohn’s disease since November of 2020.

Crohn’s is a chronic inflammatory disease of the intestines, especially the colon and ileum, associated with ulcers and fistulae.

The emerging 27-year-old revealed his diagnosis today via Twitter and the MLB Players Media account.

During spring training in 2020, Mullins thought he had food poisoning, but the pain he was experiencing persisted. He played the season while undergoing tests and taking antibiotics, but his condition ultimately worsened by season’s end.

“They said I had gotten to the point where I should have been keeled over in pain, and surgery was kind of a must at that point.” 

– Mullins on his diagnosis

Doctors removed 10 to 15 centimeters of Mullins’ intestine and officially diagnosed him with Crohn’s shortly after. He later developed an infection and lost 20 pounds in the process.

In what sure looked to be an enormous setback, Mullins had his doubts about his future performance on the field.

“The doubts of, will I be ready? The doubts of, will I be able to put it all together?”

– Mullins on his thoughts heading into the 2021 season

But setback would be the incorrect term when describing Mullins’ 2021 campaign for the Orioles.

The condition could not stop Mullins from producing the first 30/30 season in Orioles history, being the starting American League center fielder in the All-Star Game and being unanimously voted as the 2021 Most Valuable Oriole.

One year after his diagnosis, Cedric was named the first O’s Silver Slugger since 2016. He later was named a finalist for the Hank Aaron awar and a finalist for the MLB Players Association’s Players Choice Comeback Player of the Year Award, which was won by his teammate Trey Mancini.

Mullins batted .291/.360/.518/ with 37 doubles, five triples, 30 home runs, 30 steals, 91 runs and 59 RBIs, playing in 159 games and taking 675 plate appearances.

After his career-season, Mullins now wants to spread awareness in hopes of helping others.

“I think it’s more important for people to not be afraid to get checked out. I mean, that’s something I’ve always had a hard time doing. That tough guy mentally like, ‘It’s just a little bruise. It’s not a big deal.’ We constantly do it.”

– Mullins on the importance of routine medical checks

If both Cedric Mullins and Trey Mancini aren’t enough of a motivation to get yourself checked by your doctor frequently, I don’t know what is. I do know this – Birdland is home to warriors.

What do you think of Cedric’s 2021 season now that you know of his battles? Let us know in the comments, and be sure to follow The Baltimore Battery on Facebook and Twitter! And, make sure to use the hashtag #baltimorebattery when sharing our content to show your Birdland swag!

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