Baltimore (WBFF) — Orioles hall of fame pitcher Jim Palmer revealed in a tweet that he is recovering from melanoma of the eye, a form of skin cancer.
The announcement came in response to a user who used derogatory terms toward those with intellectual disabilities and calling out his appearance. Palmer has been open about his stepson who lives with autism, he often wears a puzzle-piece lapel in support of autism awareness. In the replies, fans came to Palmer's defense and wished him well.
Johns Hopkins University describes the procedure as a "specialized technique" to treat skin cancer, and that "Some Mohs procedures may not require reconstructive surgery at all, but for those that do, the reconstruction can most often be performed by your Mohs surgeon immediately after the skin cancer has been removed."
The 77-year-old Orioles legend, who pitched in 19 seasons and had his number 22 was retired by the team, rejoined the broadcast crew Monday night New York to resume providing color commentary in the series against the Yankees.