Chad Kuehl has pitched for three MLB teams during his seven-year major league career, but the veteran pitcher prefers helping his wife fight cancer over hitting opposing players in the batter’s box.
Earlier this week, Kola announced on Instagram that he would be stepping away from baseball to spend time with his wife, Amanda, as she battles cancer. He also thanked the supporters who contributed to the campaigns benefiting his wife.
“I’ve taken some time to reflect on these past few weeks and where I’m at right now. I want to thank the @nationals and their fans for welcoming us and those who donated their time and money to the #cancerisntkuhl campaign and @nats4good, we’re especially grateful,” Kuhl wrote.
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Kohl began the 2023 season with the Washington Nationals in the starting rotation, before later moving to the bullpen. The 30-year-old was released by the Nationals last month.
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Kohl also revealed that he turned down offers from teams this season. The pitcher and his family plan to remain in Washington, D.C., as Amanda receives treatment.
“While I have received offers to continue playing this season, I have chosen to stay in the D.C. area for the time being for my family and to continue to provide Amanda with the best care possible. I have decided to be by her side during chemo and radiation.”
Kohl posted an 8.45 ERA in 38.1 innings this season, but said he’s confident he’ll return to the mound one day.
“This is just a break for me and my family, my desire to play and love for the game has never been stronger and I’m looking forward to the next time I step on a big league mound,” he said.
Kuhl made his major league debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2016. He spent five seasons with the franchise before joining the Colorado Rockies in 2022.
The right-hander owns a career ERA of 4.98 while striking out 536 batters in 615 innings.
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Earlier this year, Kohl’s raised nearly $65,000 for breast cancer treatment and research.