BOSTON – Fighting back tears, Red Sox manager John Farrell said Friday that he had a "highly curable" form of cancer and has taken a medical leave for the rest of the season to deal with lymphoma.
Farrell, 53, said bench coach Torey Lovullo will run the team in his absence. Farrell said he planned on being back with the team for spring training.
Farrell said the cancer of the lymphatic system was discovered when he had hernia surgery in Detroit earlier this week.
"I know we usually start out with the injury report. I'll start out with myself on this one. Monday's surgery for the hernia revealed that I have lymphoma," he said Friday. "… I can honestly tell you I'm extremely fortunate that it was found."
Farrell said a mass was removed during the procedure and no additional surgery was necessary. He said chemotherapy would start next week.
On Tuesday, Flip Saunders said he is being treated for Hodgkin's lymphoma, and the Timberwolves president and coach's doctors consider it "very treatable and curable." His plans were to keep working while being treated.