Mavs’ Teixeira undergoing tests at UCLA

Colorado Mesa baseball player Ryan Teixeira, who overcame cancer during his senior year of high school, has returned to California after becoming ill this week.

Teixeira was flown to the UCLA Medical Center on Tuesday night by St. Mary’s Care Flight after he was admitted to St. Mary’s Hospital over the weekend.

Colorado Mesa does not allow coaches to comment on health issues of student-athletes, but CMU coach Chris Hanks confirmed Wednesday that doctors at St. Mary’s recommended Teixeira go to UCLA, where doctors treated him for Ewing’s sarcoma in 2015.

“All I know is he’s there,” Hanks said. “I know they’re running tests.”

He said he had not spoken to Teixeira’s parents Wednesday other than to make sure he arrived in Los Angeles, allowing them time to spend with their son and his doctors.

Teixeira started feeling ill after returning from the Little League World Series, Hanks said, where the Mavericks were buddies to the Grand Junction Challenger team. He went to the student health services department at CMU over the weekend, which sent him to St. Mary’s.

Several people on the trip either had colds or came down with colds during the trip.

Since his cancer treatment, Teixeira has regular bloodwork and checkups, and is mindful of his medical history when he feels ill.

Teixeira redshirted last season as he worked to regain his strength after chemotherapy, radiation and surgery to remove a 9-pound tumor from the adductor muscle in his right thigh in 2015.

Posts on social media this week have addressed Teixeira’s health.

Monday night, CMU’s baseball Twitter account posted a photo of Teixeira in a wheelchair, with an intravenous line in his left arm, surrounded by his coaches and teammates with the message: #XVIIStrong.

Teixeira wears jersey number 17, and “17 Strong” is a foundation he started when he was being treated so he could help other cancer patients.

On Tuesday night, Hanks tweeted a photo of Teixeira on the stairs of a St. Mary’s Care Flight plane. “Our man Ryan Teixeira boarding the St. Mary’s Care Flight to UCLA Medical Center. Our prayers are W/U #XVIIstrong”

Several players have sent encouraging messages on their Twitter accounts, and parents of Challenger players have sent well wishes through Facebook.

After practice Wednesday, the players arranged 1,000 baseballs on the infield grass at Bergman Field, spelling out 17 STRONG with three rows of baseballs underneath. The message with the photo on the team’s Twitter account reads: Always on the field with us! #XVII Strong


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