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Former OSU outfielder Neil Medchill putting career on the line to give bone marrow

houston.cbslocal.com Published: August 7, 2014
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photo - OSU's Neil Medchill (far left) is congratulated by teammates after a home run during the college baseball game between Oklahoma State University and the University of Kansas at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, April 26, 2008. BY MATT STRASEN, THE OKLAHOMAN ORG XMIT: KOD
OSU's Neil Medchill (far left) is congratulated by teammates after a home run during the college baseball game between Oklahoma State University and the University of Kansas at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, April 26, 2008. BY MATT STRASEN, THE OKLAHOMAN ORG XMIT: KOD

A former Oklahoma State baseball player is putting his baseball career on the line to save a life.

Neil Medchill, an outfielder for the Sugar Land Skeeters (Texas), put his name on a national bone marrow registry in February, never expecting to get selected as a donor.

The day after the minor league journeyman received an offer to go play baseball overseas, Medchill, 27, found out he was a match for a middle-aged man.

Medchill earned first-team All-Big 12 honors with the Cowboys in 2008. The 6-foot-4, 220 pounder has played in the minor leagues since 2009, batting .234 with 56 home runs and 200 RBIs in six seasons.

In giving a bone marrow donation, Medchill is also giving up games. Following the procedure, he won't be allowed to do anything for two weeks.

“I thought it was millions to one odds, I would ever be selected,” Medchill told CBS Houston. “Three months later I was a match.

“It is safe to say the future of my season is definitely in trouble.”

And possibly his career.

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