A huge blow has come to the Ranger’s bullpen as Jake Diekman will miss the first half of the season to recover from stomach surgery for ulcerative colitis which has flared up for him during the holidays. The surgery is set for January 25th. Diekman has been a huge spokesperson for UC awareness through his Gut it Out campaign meeting with kids and others who suffer with this chronic illness. In the past, prior to his last Phillies spring training camp and up until now, he was able to avoid surgery through the use of new medications available at the time. Now it has become more of a threat to his well being and will require surgery. We wish you the best of luck during surgery Jake, and hope you a speedy and successful recovery.
You can support his cause by visiting his Shirt for a Cause page supporting Chrohn’s & Colitus foundation of America fund by purchasing one of his Gut it Out shirts yourself.