Bo Bichette has been taking the Midwest league by storm in 2017, flirting with the .400 mark throughout the first half. Turns out, he nearly died last year due to a ruptured appendix.
The legend of Bo Bichette is growing pretty rapidly, and he’s still playing in Single A Lansing. At the moment he’s hitting over .400, leading the league in batting average, and earned a spot in the league’s All-Star game.
As he continues to rake as a 19 year old, the intrigue around his prospect status continues to grow. With that comes the report from Arden Zwelling at Sportsnet, that tells the tale of the time Bo Bichette ruptured his appendix, just last year (how did I miss this?).
This is no simple tale though. as Bichette’s situation went undiagnosed, and nearly became fatal. According to the report from Zwelling, Bichette was playing through pain last year and went to see doctors on a couple occasions. They originally thought he was dealing with a virus in his stomach, and sent him home to rest.
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A week later, the doctors discovered that he had ruptured his appendix, and they had missed the diagnosis altogether. Typically, when someone like this happens, it’s a fatal mistake by a medical staff. In Bichette’s case, he was back on the field a few weeks later. Wow.
To be clear, (I even looked it up), rupturing your appendix SHOULD kill you, as it releases poisons and toxins into the system that will normally send someone into shock, eventually leading to death. Apparently Bichette has too much to accomplish in baseball and on this earth to be stopped by a mere, toxic poisoning.
According to Zwelling, Bichette was feeling better a few days later, and was able to return to the field barely a month later.
"“I didn’t have surgery or anything. I stayed in the hospital for like two days and then started to feel fine again. The nurses kept calling me ‘Chuck Norris’ because they’d never seen anything like it”"
The 19 year old middle infielder comes from baseball genes, as the son of Dante Bichette, but those don’t typically help in a battle for your life. Apparently that was just a minor blip on the radar for the budding star, and thankfully, it didn’t derail his career or more importantly, his life.
It’s hard to imagine that he’s got anything left to prove at his current station in the organizational ladder, so it’s expected that we’ll see him move up to Dunedin sometime in the near future. At just 19 years old, we won’t see him in the big leagues this year, however, he’s going to press the issue sooner than later at the rate he’s going.
Apparently, not even poison in the stomach cavity isn’t enough to stop him, so we shouldn’t be surprised if he makes his debut in the not so distant future.