Leonys Martin battles life-threatening bacterial infection

BY LEAH WILLIAMS
Posted on FEB 09, 2019

Cleveland Indians' outfielder Leonys Martin remains in stable condition after suffering a life-threatening bacterial infection.

Leonys Martn has been out for the Cleveland Indians with an illness since Wednesday, August 8, bringing updated news today that the outfielder currently in stable condition as he recovers from a life-threatening bacterial infection, a team executive said.

Martn has been hospitalized at Cleveland Clinic for about a week after the infection attacked his organs, general manager Chris Antonetti told reporters. Martn's prognosis is good, but his "progress will be measured in weeks, not days," he said.
Appearing to be more serious than the usual flu-like symptoms on Friday, manager Terry Francona gave an ominous update of Martn's condition:

"What I would say if you believe in saying prayers and things like that, keep him in your thoughts. But he's in a good place. He's at the [Cleveland] Clinic and he's getting good care."

The seriousness was suggested again later Friday night when White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu had Martn's name scrawled on his hat for the final game of the team's series against Cleveland.

Indians President Chris Antonetti provided a more detailed description of Martn's condition Monday, and it is indeed terrifying: Martn's internal organs have been under attack from a life-threatening bacterial infection.

Cleveland Indians reporter Zack Meisel took to twitter stating, "Leonys Martin has been battling a life-threatening bacterial infection that attacked his internal organs. He is currently in stable condition and is improving. Chris Antonetti addressed the Indians about the situation this afternoon."

Antonetti described the infection as "not a communicable thing." The bacteria somehow entered Martn's blood-stream and began producing toxins that "did damage to his internal organs," damage that Antonetti described as severe.

Martn has apparently "regained a lot of the organ function" over the past 24 to 36 hours, but it sounds like he's got a long way to go to make a full recovery, with Antonetti saying Martn's recovery "will be measured in weeks, not days."