In an announcement, Martinez stated he would start remedy in “the coming weeks” and that Sunday could be his final recreation within the sales space “for a little while.”
The Blue Jays play Oakland Athletics on the Rogers Centre in Toronto on Sunday afternoon.
“I’ve been so honoured and privileged to have the support of Blue Jays fans, colleagues, staff and players since I arrived here in 1981, and that continued support through this next challenge means the world to me,” Martinez wrote.
Martinez performed 17 seasons of Major League Baseball, turning out for the Kansas City Royals, the Milwaukee Brewers and the Blue Jays. He additionally briefly managed the Blue Jays between 2001 and 2002.
“I hope to rejoin my Sportsnet teammates for the stretch run later this season, but in the meantime, I will be watching from the sidelines as I fight the good fight,” he wrote.
Martinez stated his medical workforce had given him optimism that he would emerge from remedy “with flying colours.”
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