Former Angels outfielder and current Astros third base coach Gary Pettis has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma and will miss the rest of the 2020 season. The good news is that he is expected to make a full recovery.
Pettis hasn’t coached a game for Houston since September 15. He was sidelined with hip discomfort. Tests conducted to find out the cause of the discomfort led to the diagnosis of multiple myeloma.
Here was the statement released by the Astros.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Gary and his family as he navigates through this challenging time. He is upbeat and in good spirits and knows that he has the full support of the entire Astros family, including players and staff. We know that he will face this challenge head on and look forward to his return.”
Pettis began his major-league career with the Angels back in 1982. He was drafted by the California Angels in the 6th round of the 1979 MLB January Draft-Regular Phase from Laney College.
He played six seasons for the Halos, appearing in a total of 584 games. During his time in Anaheim, Pettis had 451 hits with 143 RBI, 296 runs scored and 183 stolen bases. He was traded to the Detroit Tigers for Dan Petry in December of 1987.
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