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Rangers pitcher Jake Diekman undergoes surgery to have colon removed

Texas Rangers pitcher Jake Diekman revealed in December he would be undergoing surgery to treat his ulcerative colitis. Details that have since been revealed show the seriousness of Diekman’s condition and the complexity inherent to treating it.

Diekman on Wednesday underwent a four-hour procedure to have his colon removed after it was “wrecked” by the condition, per a report from The Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant.

A flare-up of his condition in December caused Diekman to lose nearly 20 pounds in two weeks, prompting the decision to go forward with surgery.

The Rangers left-hander took to Instagram ahead of surgery to document how he prepared for the procedure.

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“SURGERY PREP. Thanks for the prayers everyone,” Diekman wrote.

Wednesday’s surgery marked the first of three procedures that Diekman will undergo as part of the current treatment plan.

Diekman is expected to miss the first half of the 2017 MLB season as part of the recovery process. Future procedures, while not uncommon, involve the creation of a J-pouch, a reservoir that compensates the loss of the colon.

Diekman has battled ulcerative colitis — explained by CCFA.org as a “chronic disease of the large intestine … in which the lining of the colon becomes inflamed and develops tiny open sores, or ulcers, that produce pus and mucous” — since he was 11.

Despite the seriousness of the condition and the procedures he’s still facing, Diekman nevertheless demonstrated via tweet a wry sense of humor in light of everything he’s going through.

Best of luck to Diekman going forward and let’s hope he’s back on the mound as soon as possible.

[Hardball Talk]