Dodgers fans got some scary news on Wednesday morning when a prospect took to Instagram. Connor Joe, a catcher withing the organization, posted that he underwent surgery this morning. The surgery was to correct testicular cancer, which doctors found he had this past spring. Joe had left camp early a few weeks back to be checked out.
it’s been a wild ride for Connor Joe in the Dodgers’ system. Originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates, he was quickly traded to the Atlanta Braves in a deal for Sean Rodriguez. That same year, Joe was traded to the Dodgers in exchange for International bonus pool money. The Cincinatti Reds took Joe in the Rule 5 Draft the following year and traded him to the San Francisco Giants in 2019. It was there that he made his long-awaited Major League debut, with one hit in fifteen at-bats.
Joe was finally returned to the Dodgers when the Giants designated him for assignment last year, clearing waivers and returning to Los Angeles. He slashed .300/.426/.503 with Triple-A Oklahoma City last year, with 15 homeruns in 105 games.
It is unclear how long Joe will be away from baseball activity, but with the entire sports world on hold, he has plenty of time to make a full recovery. Major League Baseball has yet to make an official announcement, but it looks as though games will not be played until July at the earliest at this point.