Harmon Killebrew issued a statement this morning, updating his treatment for esophageal cancer:

"My wife Nita and I continue to be overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and prayers we have received while I am undergoing treatment for esophageal cancer. My chemotherapy is ongoing and the team of medical professionals at the Mayo Clinic is hopeful for my full recovery.

"It has been a tough battle but Nita and I have found comfort in the love and encouragement from our family and friends. We still have a long road ahead of us and we ask for your continued prayers."

Twins president Dave St. Peter and General Manager Bill Smith visited Killebrew last week while attending the quarterly owners meetings in Phoenix. Smith said seeing Killebrew was the highlight of the trip, noting that the Hall of Famer greeted them with unbelievable vigor.

Killebrew, 74, is on the list of Twins instructors again for spring training. He told Smith to keep his uniform (old No. 3) and locker ready.

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