Thursday February 18th, 2016

Detroit Tigers utility player Mike Aviles announced that his daughter Adriana recently had a bone marrow transplant and is now cancer-free, he told reporters on Thursday.

Aviles expects his daughter to join him at the Tigers’ spring training facility in Lakeland, Fla.

Adriana was just four years old when she was diagnosed with leukemia.

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As a member of the Cleveland Indians, Aviles’s teammates and coaches shaved their heads for Adriana and invited her to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before a game. The Indians front office also decided not to trade Aviles at the trade deadline to keep him closer to his family in Cleveland.

Aviles signed a one-year contract with Detroit in the off-season.

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