Josh Phegley had been a high school Mr. Baseball from Indiana. He was a
22-year old minor league catcher considered a prospect. A blocked pitch
led to an ugly bruise on his thigh. But that is what happens to men of his
profession. So, Josh Phegley continued to play. Until that bruise
got bigger, and became an emergency.
Phegley was diagnosed with idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, a rash
indicating an abnormally low blood platelet count. Considered rare, An
ITP patient with an extremely low count is vulnerable to internal bleeding
caused by blunt trauma. Steroids and other pharmaceutical remedies failed
to cure the youngster from Terre-Haute. The next option was the removal
of Phegley's spleen. The procedure cost him most of the 2010
season. After surgery, Phegley did not even require medication to control
the former problem.
Phegley made it back onto the field in 2011, moving up late in the season
from Double-A Birmingham to Triple-A Charlotte....