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John Farrell announced during his Friday night pre-game press conference that he has stage one lymphoma. The lymphoma was detected after having surgery in Detroit for a hernia on Monday. A mass was removed at the time of the surgery.
Farrell will step down as manager of the Red Sox while he undergoes a nine-week course of chemotherapy. Bench coach Torey Lovullo will take over managing operations for the remainder of the season.
Luvollo has been with Boston since 2013 in the bench coach capacity. Prior to working with the Red Sox, he played professionally from 1988-2000. He coached minor league teams and was the first-base coach for the Toronto Blue Jays from 2011-2013.
Farrell stated about his diagnosis, “I’m fortunate. Stage 1. It’s localized. It’s highly curable.” He also noted his appreciation for Boston and its hospitals filled with talented doctors.
“I’m extremely fortunate to not only be with people with the Red Sox, but access to MGH (Massachusetts General Hospital) and world class talent that can handle this,” Farrell said.
Team members, David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia, were a big support during this tough time. Hanley Ramirez, according to Ken Powtak of the Associated Press, cried when he told Ortiz about Farrell’s diagnosis.
Farrell, though upset during the press conference, responded when asked about his return next season that he “hoped” the Red Sox would have him back.
The announcement comes just days before the annual Jimmy Fund telethon scheduled for Tuesday, August 18th and Wednesday, August 19th. Tom Caron was diagnosed with lymphoma just before Spring Training began this season. He, and now Farrell, will have his own personal experience to share with the other patients that appear on TV and radio with him.