Blue Jays legend Tony Fernandez is fighting for his life, according to multiple reports.
On Friday, the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame said the 57-year-old former shortstop was in critical condition after suffering complications from polycystic kidney disease, which Fernandez revealed he had in 2017.
Fernandez, a five-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove winner, had his leg operated on Friday night because doctors found a clot, according to former Toronto teammate Jesse Barfield.
Barfield on Saturday offered up an update on Fernandez, who also played for the Mets and Yankees during a 17-year career in MLB.
Barfield said doctors have yet to discover the cause of the infection but Fernandez is currently on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), which is to help get oxygen flowing to the blood.
Fernandez has been responding well to the treatment, Barfield said.
A franchise leader in several categories, Fernandez was also a major part of Toronto’s 1993 World Series championship team. His name is honored on the Blue Jays’ Level of Excellence at Rogers Centre.
He spent one season with the Mets (1993) and Yankees (1995).