The Cleveland Indians are shaving their heads in a show of support for Mike Aviles and his daughter.
Adriana Aviles, 4, was diagnosed with leukemia earlier this month. She is being treated at Cleveland Clinic. Aviles has three daughters, Adriana, her twin sister Maiya and Kyla.
"It's a team thing," Jason Kipnis said. "It started with Mike's daughter because of what she's going through. Unfortunately, she's going to be losing her hair soon from chemotherapy and we all wanted to join in."
After his daughter was diagnosed, Aviles missed eight games from May 8 through May 17. The Indians placed him on the Family Medical Emergency list and then moved him to the restricted list. He rejoined the Indians on May 18.
Aviles is hitting .368 with a home run and two RBI since rejoining the team. When he has talked to reporters, it has been with the understanding that he wouldn't talk about his daughter.
"Mike is one of the best clubhouse guys there is in this entire league," said Kipnis. "He's been a great person and a great teammate. I think all the guys have done a good job of stepping up to make him feel welcomed and back at home and that nothing has changed.
"Numerous guys have told him that if he needs anything at anytime that they'll be there for him. I think baseball has been a good distraction for him."