MILWAUKEE (AP) One of the Milwaukee Brewers' top prospects is balancing an All-Star season while worrying for his seriously ill son.
Class-A pitcher Jorge Lopez's son, Mikael, is waiting for an intestinal transplant. The 13 month-old boy who has been sick since birth was recently diagnosed with an unknown autoimmune disease.
Mikael has seen doctors in hospitals in Lopez's native Puerto Rico as well as in Miami. He's now living in Miami, about three hours south from where Lopez plays for the Brevard County Manatees.
On the mound, the 21-year-old Lopez is having a good year. He was selected to play in the All-Star Futures Game earlier this month in Minnesota.
The Manatees are holding a charity golf tournament next month to help Lopez pay for mounting medical and travel bills.