Connor Joe, who started on Opening Day for the 2019 Giants before getting sent back to the Dodgers, announced on his Instagram page that he is undergoing treatment for testicular cancer. Joe wrote that he caught it early and had surgery on Tuesday.
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As some of you may know, I made the difficult decision to leave Spring Training 3 weeks ago to attend to personal matters. After some tests and visits with doctors, I unfortunately learned that I have Testicular Cancer. The good news is that we caught it early, and cases like mine are very curable. I have started treatment, underwent surgery yesterday and am in my recovery process now. I recognize the road ahead may be challenging and uncomfortable at times, but God is good and I am staying positive for a quick and full recovery. I am extremely grateful for my wonderful family, friends, the Dodgers organization and teammates for their incredible love and support during this difficult time. Although we tend to shy away from these topics, I am sharing my journey in the hope that this brings more awareness to Men’s Health, and can help others as a result. Thank you again for your continued support, it means the world to me and my family. I will keep you updated on my path to recovery. I look forward to being back in the game as soon as I am able. Trusting in His plan.
Joe, 27, started in left field for the Giants in last year's opener and played eight games before he was designated for assignment. As a Rule 5 pick, he was sent back to the Dodgers, and he had another strong season in Triple-A.
Joe batted .300 in 105 games with a .426 on-base percentage and 15 homers. He was a non-roster invitee in Dodgers camp this spring but left a few weeks before camps were shut down by the spread of coronavirus.