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Xavier Nady to be Tested for Crohn's Disease

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After complaining of stomach pain last Sunday, former Mets' and current Pirates' outfielder Xavier Nady was hospitalized for three days this week with an inflamed intestine. He is going to be tested for Crohn's disease, a chronic inflammation of the GI tract. Nady's cousin has the disease.

A good friend of mine died three years ago due to complications related to Crohn's. He consistently suffered from digestive problems and turned to alcohol to stem his discomfort in the short-term while ultimately dooming him in the long-term. Here's hoping everything works out for Nady, who was embraced by Mets' fans during his short stint in orange-and-blue.

More information on Crohn's Disease can be found at Wikipedia.