Indians Outfielder, and Former Cub, Leonys Martin is Battling a Life-Threatening Bacterial Infection

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Indians Outfielder, and Former Cub, Leonys Martin is Battling a Life-Threatening Bacterial Infection

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I had heard that former Cubs outfielder Leonys Martin was placed on the disabled list late last week with an illness by the Cleveland Indians, but I had no idea how serious it had gotten, and how quickly. From the update provided by team tonight, Martin may have been close to death.

No one yet knows how Martin developed the infection exactly, or why it became so quickly life-threatening. This is unbelievably scary stuff, especially when you consider this happened in the span of 24 hours to a professional athlete in peak physical condition.

I wanted to share this not just for the newsworthiness, but also so that people could send out some positive energy to Martin and his family. He wasn’t a Cub for long, and not that being a Cub, alone, makes you worthy of our positivity, but still. He sticks out in our memory, if for nothing else, than his incredible homer-robbing catch last year that ended the Cardinals’ playoff hopes.

Martin, 30, was having a great season, showing his typically excellent defense and baserunning, while putting up a slightly-better-than-league-average line (.255/.323/.425). Hopefully he will be completely healthy soon, and then will be able to work his way back into playing baseball, if not this year, then next year.

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Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.