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Leonys Martin shares heartfelt message of thanks after health scare

Leonys Martin believed at some points last year he may never play baseball again as he dealt with a life-threatening bacterial infection.

The Cleveland Indians outfielder overcame all the obstacles associated with his illness, and on Monday he expressed gratitude for all the support received throughout the ordeal.

The Indians held their home opener Monday at Progressive Field, a 5-3 win over the Chicago White Sox, and Martin took to social media to issue a heartfelt thanks to the team’s fans.

Ahead of last Thursday’s season opener against the Minnesota Twins, Martin took to Twitter to share his excitement.

Martin was acquired by the Indians in a July 31 trade last season, but his season was cut short due to the blood infection that began to impact his internal organs. He shared some harrowing details of his battle during an interview in January with MLB.com.

“Yeah, [I thought about never being able to play baseball again],” Martin said. “A lot of bad things came into my mind. … At that moment, thank God, I’m in good shape right now.”

Martin was cleared for baseball activities in November, enjoyed a trouble-free spring training and has appeared in all four games the Indians have played this season. Martin has made it clear he is thrilled to have ended up in Cleveland.

“I feel like this is home,” Martin said in January. “The way everybody treated me here, the way everybody supported me here during that process made me feel at home. I am very thankful to be here with the Cleveland Indians and I’m so happy to be back.”