Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington sends 'Honoray Bat Kid' to Wrigley Field

Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington sends 'Honoray Bat Kid' to Wrigley Field

Many adults think young Gabriel Rose is a very responsible 11-year-old boy from Cary in taking care of his diabetes.

He consistently monitors his own health, said Dr. John Beckerman, his pediatrician at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington.

“He is quite a remarkable young boy,” Beckerman said. “He took control of his Type 1 diabetes right from the start, astounding hospital staff at checking his blood sugars and giving his own insulin shots.”

But even a determined kid like Gabriel might need some encouragement at times, and he found that on Aug. 11 while sitting next to Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Brandon Morrow in the Wrigley Field dugout.

The reliever also has Type 1 diabetes.

“He has the gadgets like I have, such as a (portable) glucose monitor,” Rose said. “He’s living with diabetes like I am. We both hate being hooked up to stuff.”

The home team fell 9-4 to the Washington Nationals that day, but Rose and his siblings met Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant, as well.

Rose also spent the afternoon at Wrigley serving as the “Honorary Bat Kid,” a dreamlike opportunity Advocate Health Care arranges for young patients during the Cubs’ long season.

In August 2016, Beckerman diagnosed Gabriel with diabetes, and then the boy spent three days at Good Shepherd.

Beckerman also suggested his patient be the bat kid “because of the determination with which his young patient has accepted the day-to-day challenge of having a disease that is common but deadly serious,” said Kathleen Troher, public affairs and marketing manager at Good Shepherd.

Another quality that impresses people is Gabriel’s willingness to talk about his illness to friends and teammates.

“He plays sports, and kids are interested to know why he steps off the field sometimes,” said his mother, Antonette Rose. “He explains his diabetes and why he has to take care of himself.”

His youth baseball coach for five years, Kevin Frangiamore, believed Gabriel’s openness comes from his close, supportive family.

“They’re a big family, and it’s just like, ‘Let’s get on with it and get on with life,’” Frangiamore said.

He’s also impressed with Gabriel’s baserunning speed and support he shows for teammates.

“He’s the fastest kid in the league and consistently the fastest. He always has a smile on his face and cheering for teammates,” Frangiamore added.

To Gabriel, like most kids, the reason for helping others is plainly simple.

“One of my friends has diabetes,” he said. “I like to talk to him about it, and he felt happy, because he did not feel alone, then.”

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Infection to end Leonys Martin's season, Encarnacion off DL

Infection to end Leonys Martin's season, Encarnacion off DL

Cleveland Indians outfielder Leonys Martin will sit out the rest of the season because of a bacterial infection.

Manager Terry Francona revealed the news Wednesday before Cleveland’s game against the Boston Red Sox .

The 30-year-old Cuban player became ill following a game Aug. 8. Doctors determined he had the life-threatening bacterial infection that entered his bloodstream and created toxins that damaged his internal organs, compromising their function.

“The news is really good, he is doing fantastic, but he not going to play baseball this year,” Francona said, adding that the players were updated about his health during a brief meeting. “Overall, he has done so well. We’re so thrilled that he’s OK.”

Martin was released from the hospital Sunday.

The club said he was rechecked by doctors Wednesday in Cleveland.

“All testing and imaging shows that Leonys’ body continues to recover and while his prognosis remains positive for a full recovery, doctors feel that Leonys’ heart and other organs will require an additional one to two months to allow for this to happen,” they said in the update.

Also Wednesday, the club activated slugger Edwin Encarnacion from the 10-day disabled list. He had been sidelined since Aug. 12 with a right wrist contusion. Encarnacion homered in his first at-bat against left-hander Brian Johnson .

He was expected to return Thursday, but they placed outfielder Rajai Davis on the 10-day DL with a non-baseball-related, not-life-threatening medical condition. The move is retroactive to Monday.

Davis is scheduled to have outpatient surgery Monday and is expected to rejoin the club when rosters are expanded on Sept. 1.

Martin was acquired from Detroit on July 31 to added depth to the outfield and appeared in six games.

Francona said he hoped to come back, but doctors decided it was best for him to rest.

“I think he wanted to play, but I think the doctors thought with what happened, he needs some time to let his body heal and we fully support that,” Francona said. “Even though we miss him a lot, it’s the right thing to do.”

Francona said Martin’s expected to have some more doctor appointments in Cleveland next week.

The club has gotten a boost by the play of rookie Greg Allen in center field in the first two games of a scheduled four-game series between two of the AL’s division leaders at Fenway Park.

Allen hit a tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning of Monday’s win and had a nice running catch before diving to the ground. In Tuesday’s victory, he made a pair of stellar catches; the second thwarted Boston’s rally.

“It’s been fun to watch him develop in the middle of pennant race,” Francona said.


AP Sports Writer Tom Withers in Cleveland contributed to this report.


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Jerry Remy thanks Red Sox fans, promises to never quit after latest cancer diagnosis

Jerry Remy thanks Red Sox fans, promises to never quit after latest cancer diagnosis

NESN’s Jerry Remy has a message for fans supporting him in his latest bout with cancer: I’m gonna fight this.

Posting on Twitter one day after it was announced he would leave the broadcast booth after a recurrence of the pernicious disease, Remy sounded positive while thanking fans for their encouragement.

“Thank you for all of your support,” Remy wrote. “This has hit me hard but I have never quit and will not now. I have complete trust in my team at Mass General. Bring it home Sox !!!”

This is the sixth time Remy has been diagnosed with cancer since 2008. The 65-year-old former second baseman completed his most recent round of treatment in January.

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Red Sox analyst Jerry Remy again diagnosed with cancer

Red Sox analyst Jerry Remy again diagnosed with cancer

FILE – In this Aug. 20, 2017, file photo, Boston Red Sox broadcaster Jerry Remy waves as he is honored for his 30 years in the broadcast booth at Fenway Park, before a baseball game between the New York Yankees and the Red Sox, Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017, in Boston. Remy is once again battling cancer. NESN announced Remys latest diagnosis in a statement Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018. The network says at this time, Jerrys focus is on his medical treatment. He was not a part of NESNs broadcast team for Tuesday nights game against the Blue Jays. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

TORONTO (AP) — Boston Red Sox television analyst Jerry Remy is again battling cancer.

NESN announced Remy’s latest diagnosis in a statement Tuesday. The network says ”at this time, Jerry’s focus is on his medical treatment.” He was not a part of NESN’s broadcast team for Tuesday night’s game against the Blue Jays. The network did not disclose details of Remy’s diagnosis or provide a timeline for how long he might be away.

The 65-year-old former Red Sox second baseman was first diagnosed with lung cancer in 2008, relapsed in 2013 and again twice in 2017. He returned this season for his 31st year broadcasting Boston’s games.

Remy was a longtime smoker and has spoken publicly in favor of regular medical checkups.

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Red Sox analyst Remy again diagnosed with cancer

Red Sox analyst Remy again diagnosed with cancer

Boston Red Sox color analyst Jerry Remy has again been diagnosed with cancer, television network NESN announced Tuesday.

“Jerry Remy has been diagnosed once again with cancer,” the network said in a statement. “At this time, Jerry’s focus is on his medical treatment. The thoughts and prayers of all of us at NESN and the Red Sox are with Jerry and his family during this difficult time.”

Remy, 65, was first diagnosed with lung cancer in 2008, which he attributed to years of smoking cigarettes. Remy suffered a relapse in 2013 and again before spring training in 2017 before having yet another recurrence that July that led to him having surgery to remove a small portion of his lung.

Remy tweeted in January that he had completed cancer treatment.

NESN re-signed Remy to a multi-year contract in 2017. The Fall River, Mass., native played seven seasons of his 10-year career with the Red Sox.

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LEADING OFF: Trout sits, Taillon and Betts meet post-cancer

LEADING OFF: Trout sits, Taillon and Betts meet post-cancer

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Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout stands in the dugout during the third inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, in Cleveland. Trout’s right wrist is still sore and the Angels will not risk him making it any worse. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

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Mike Trout is likely to sit out the Angels’ game against Detroit because of a sore right wrist, depriving Los Angeles’ fans of what’s become an annual treat: Seeing Trout do incredible things on his birthday. Trout will turn 27 on Tuesday, and he has a history of throwing celebrations for himself. He has homered on his birthday four times in his first six full big-league seasons. He did it at the Big A last season, homering and also getting his 1,000th career hit. Trout received a cortisone injection on his wrist Monday, and the Angels are hopeful he can return to the lineup on the weekend. He missed his fifth straight game Monday.


Pittsburgh’s Jameson Taillon and Colorado’s Chad Bettis will pitch in a game featuring two starters bouncing back from testicular cancer. Bettis underwent surgery in November 2016 for testicular cancer and continued cancer treatments through that spring and into last season. So when Taillon had surgery to treat testicular cancer on May 8, 2017, he had an instant line of support. Taillon spoke a few times with Bettis during his treatment, calling their exchanges ”comforting.”

”I just felt like if I needed anything or had a question, I was very comfortable going to ask him about any part of the process,” Taillon said.


The Braves and Nationals open a four-game series with a doubleheader. Atlanta is right on Philadelphia’s heals in the NL East race, while Washington is five games back of the Braves. Atlanta’s Max Fried (1-4, 3.38 ERA) faces Jefry Rodriguez (0-1, 6.86) in the opener, and Nationals ace Max Scherzer (15-5, 2.33) opposes Sean Newcomb (10-5, 3.23) in the nightcap.


The sputtering Yankees got some good news Monday when left-hander J.A. Happ moved a little closer to returning from hand, foot and mouth disease. Manager Aaron Boone said Happ is no longer contagious. Assuming everything goes well over the next couple of days, Happ is on track to start Thursday against Texas in the opener of an 11-game homestand. ”He’s out of the woods, virus-wise,” Boone said.


Robinson Cano has begun his minor league rehab assignment ahead of his return from an 80-game suspension for violating baseball’s joint drug agreement. Cano played Monday for Triple-A Tacoma and is scheduled to play there again Tuesday. After that, he may play some games for Class A Everett later in the week. Cano is eligible to rejoin Seattle on Aug. 14. When he does, he’s expected to play first, second and third base.

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