Son of Brevard Manatee's pitcher in need of transplant

Last Updated: Saturday, August 09, 2014, 2:25 PM EDT
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A minor league baseball player's 1-year-old son in Brevard County is in desperate need of an intestinal transplant.

The Brevard Manatees held a golf tournament fundraiser to help 21-year-old Jorge Lopez's family Friday.

Lopez is a pitcher for the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers.

His son Mikael was born premature, and after not gaining weight and getting pneumonia, doctors said he's suffering from an unknown auto immune disease and needs an intestinal transplant.

Lopez said it's been a struggle, but having faith and getting help from his teammates means the world as he tries to help his young child.

“I'm going to do everything for him to progress better,” Lopez said. “He's amazing for me.”

Funds raised at the golf tournament goes toward helping the family with medical expenses and travel between their homes in Puerto Rico and Miami.