June 2, 2014 at 8:52 pm

Tigers minor-league slugger Mike Hessman has 'pre-cancerous' growth removed

Mike Hessman played briefly for the Tigers in 2007-08, hitting nine home runs in 29 games. (John T. Greilick / Detroit News)

Toledo Mud Hens slugging third baseman Mike Hessman was out of Monday’s lineup after undergoing a procedure to remove “pre-cancerous” growths from his nose and forehead, the Toledo Blade reported.

“In spring training, the doctors told me to have it looked at, because it might be the start of skin cancer,” Hessman told the Blade. “I had the appointment last Friday, and after taking a sample, the doctor said it was the start of skin cancer.

“The doctor said they got all of the cancer.”

Hessman, 36, made national headlines this year when he hit his 400th career minor-league home run.

He now stands at 402, 82 shy of the record held by Hector Espino (1960-84). With one more, Hessman will tie for the most home runs in International League history, with 258.

Hessman played briefly for the Tigers, in 2007-08, hitting nine home runs in 29 games.