Sometimes the game of baseball takes a back seat to life when it throws you a curveball, and today, the baseball world has been thrown a curveball as Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell announced that he was diagnosed with Stage 1 Lymphoma.
He will begin chemotherapy starting next week, which will take approximately nine weeks and will take a leave from the team immediately, according to Farrell.
Bench coach Torey Lovullo will manage the rest of the season for the Red Sox, who will be playing some inspired baseball, I’m sure, as we head down the stretch.
Farrell, 53, recently had surgery for a hernia, and the cancer was detected during that procedure. During that hernia surgery, the mass was removed and no additional surgery will be needed.
He is currently in his third year managing the Red Sox and led them to a World Series title back in 2013, his first year at the helm of the club.
Farrell calls himself “extremely, extremely fortunate to have caught the cancer at this stage” and went on to say that it was a bit of a “shocker.”
The Red Sox are getting ready for a home series against the Seattle Mariners when Farrell broke the news himself to the media.
“Thankfully, it was detected in the hernia surgery,” Farrell said. He went on to say that it was “localized and highly curable.”
This is no doubt tough news for a Red Sox team that has had their share of struggles this season as they sit in the cellar of the AL East with a record of 50-64.
Everyone here at Baseball Essential sends their best wishes to Farrell, his family, and the Red Sox organization. This isn’t the first time that cancer has struck the Farrell family as John’s son, Luke, battled and defeated cancer when he was in high school. Here’s for the speediest of the recoveries.