Phil Miller covered three seasons of Twins baseball, but that was at a different ballpark for a different newspaper. Now Miller returns to the baseball beat after joining the Star Tribune as the Gopher football writer in 2010, and he won't miss the dingy dome for a minute. In addition to the Twins and Gophers, Miller covered the Utah Jazz and the NBA for six years at The Salt Lake Tribune.

Killebrew undergoing chemotherapy, hoping for full recovery

Posted by: Phil Miller under Baseball Hall of Fame Updated: January 19, 2011 - 10:23 AM

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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