During a media trip to Houston to meet with fans and brass before pitchers and catchers report in a couple of weeks, Astros prospect Mark Appel found himself in the emergency room for an appendectomy. Luckily, Houston has world class medical facilities. Everything was routine, but such rushed procedures are never fun to deal with. The situation was announced by the Houston Astros and reported by CBS Eye on Baseball Matt Snyder:
“Mark will be fine,” general manager Jeff Luhnow said in a statement. “He will report to camp on time. Once he arrives in Spring Training, we’ll see where he is at health-wise and take it from there. We anticipate that he will either be ready to work out at the start of camp or very close to ready.” The Astros also noted that the procedure was “standard” and that there were no complications.
The Astros held their annual “Fan Fest” last Saturday January 25 and Appel has been making public appearances all week as part of the “new face” of the rebuilt Astros. Here’s one interview in which the Stanford grad discussed his thoughts on the upcoming season (via MLB.com):
– David Whitlock