TODAY: Martin has been released from hospital, Antonetti told reporters (including Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon Journal). The news is “beyond a relief,” Antonetti said, though he isn’t sure of a timetable for Martin since all parties are in “uncharted waters” with this health situation.
Aug. 14: The Indians issued an encouraging statement on Martin’s progress:
“Leonys has made considerable progress and is currently in stable condition. The medical team is optimistic that he will make a full recovery, but progress is expected to be slow. The collective focus is to help Leonys return to full health, and there have been no considerations regarding a timeline for his return to baseball activities.”
Aug. 13: Indians outfielder Leonys Martin, who was recently placed on the 10-day disabled list for a then-unidentified ailment, is battling a serious bacterial infection. Club president Chris Antonetti provided the update to reporters including MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian (Twitter link).
Martin is said to have faced a life-threatening situation involving “multiple organs.” Fortunately, it seems his treatment at the Cleveland Clinic has been proceeding well. Indications are that the 30-year-old’s “outlook looks good,” as Bastian characterizes the situation based on the update provided by the organization.
While it’s sobering to hear of just how significant a health issue Martin faces, it’s obviously quite a relief to learn that he’s on the upswing. It still seems that he faces a long road back to full health, with Antonetti explaining that “progress will be measured in weeks, not days.”
In situations like this, the baseball ramifications are of limited importance. What it means for Martin’s future is not yet clear. But it now appears uncertain whether he will have a chance to contribute to his new organization the rest of the way. Given that the Indians acquired Martin to play a significant role in their outfield mix, the team may now need to look again at possibilities on the August trade market.
MLBTR extends its best wishes to Martin, along with his friends and family members, for a full and speedy recovery.