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White Sox | Josh Phegley has a blood condition

Chicago White Sox C Josh Phegley has a rare blood condition called Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP) that hampered his 2010 season,'s Scott Merkin reports. According to, ITP is a rare autoimmune bleeding disorder characterized by the abnormally low levels of certain blood cells called platelets. "I don't feel any different, but you get a bruise and it can get out of hand," Phegley said. "My immune system is attacking my own platelets, and it acts like Leukemia, a blood cancer. What has made this a little difficult is, I'm having to keep my (platelet) numbers up because of the position I play. Eventually, I've been told my system will flip itself around. There's a 90 percent chance it never reoccurs. It's kind of a big speed bump in the road right now."

2010-12-27 06:12:22 | Source: - Scott Merkin

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