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With New Kidney, Wake Player Returns To Practice

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) -- Kevin Jordan was late to Wake Forest's first baseball practice. So after jogging out of the clubhouse, he immediately plopped onto the ground and joined his teammates in a pre-workout stretch.

Finally back on the field -- healthy and with a new kidney -- Jordan had no trouble fitting right in with them.

Jordan on Tuesday practiced for the first time since he received a kidney from his coach. That marked the latest step in the 19-year-old's comeback from a disease that caused his kidneys to shut down and led Demon Deacons coach Tom Walter to donate one of his organs to his freshman outfielder.

The transplant was performed in February after Jordan was diagnosed with ANCA vasculitis, a type of autoimmune swelling disorder caused by abnormal antibodies.


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