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Top overall pick in 2013 MLB draft, Mark Appel, has emergency appendectomy

  • David Whitlock

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

– David Whitlock

H/T CBS Eye on Baseball

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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