ORONO – Less than 48 hours before kicking off the America East baseball tournament, the University of Maine revealed unsettling news to its fans regarding one of its players.
“Caleb Kerbs is one of the strongest minded and hardest working athletes we’ve had around here. His personality and drive on and off the field is truly admirable,” the official Maine baseball Facebook page said through a post Monday night. “Last week Caleb Kerbs, our second basemen and captain, was suddenly diagnosed with testicular cancer. Through high emotions and much shock, Kerbs still came to the clubhouse to address the team, stating his situation and that he’s going to battle through whatever might be ahead. His strength in this time is something we can all learn from. We are looking forward to seeing Caleb back out there on the field with us soon and send thoughts, prayers and support to him and his family.”
Kerbs initially announced the diagnosis through his personal Instagram account, noting he caught the cancer early and was set to begin the road to recovery.
“Not looking for any sympathy,” part of Kerbs’ post read. “Just here to spread awareness over something that’s not talked about.”
The redshirt junior will miss the America East tournament, which kicks off Wednesday at Mahaney Diamond. He started and played in 37 games this year, hitting .239 with 14 runs batted in.