TACOMA, Washington, USA.
Seattle Mariners starter Kendall Graveman announced Monday that he had a benign tumor on his cervical spine, but that he intends to continue playing.
Graveman, who spoke after a rehab outing, started the season in Seattle’s rotation and had a couple of starts before going on the disabled list for neck spasms.
He said he began developing symptoms in 2018 and was diagnosed with the tumor last season, while recovering from Tommy John surgery when he was with the Chicago Cubs organization. He said that the location of the tumor makes it difficult to perform any surgical procedure.
“It has been there for about two years. Medicine helps, but the whole process has been trial and error, ”Graveman said. “I have seen many specialists. I have seen many doctors. There is a procedure that is a possibility, something we may discuss later. But I’m going to keep competing with this, and that’s the only thing I can do with this, keep working. “
Graveman said he was told that the tumor will not get worse or grow, but it does cause inflammation. Medications have helped reduce some of the inflammation, but the pain is hard to describe.
“I’m not trying to hide anything. It’s what I’m up against. It’s what I have to deal with, ”the pitcher declared. “And I will continue to hope that there is some relief in the future and while I will continue to pitch” –