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.