John Farrell has announces that he has Stage 1 Lymphoma and will miss the remainder of the season.
While undergoing hernia surgery earlier this week in Detroit, doctors discovered the cancer. Farrell, who held a press conference just a short time ago, said that he was very fortunate to have caught this disease so early.
Farrell, 53, who has managed the team since 2013, has amassed a record of 372-390 in his 5 season as a MLB skipper. He has won one World Series (2013) as a manager with the Red Sox and was previously a pitching coach under Terry Francona with Boston.
“It was a little bit of a shocker to be told later that afternoon that this was going on, but like I said, I’m fortunate. Stage 1, it’s localized, it’s highly curable, and I’m extremely fortunate to be with not only the people on the Red Sox, but access to Mass General and all the world-class talent that can handle this over at MGH,” Farrell said. “So it’s been a surreal four, five days. I never had one symptom before the notification of it: no fatigue, no night sweats, no loss of weight, obviously, no lack of appetite, none of the things that are commonly asked when you’re facing something like this. So it’s been a shocker. But I take a step back and I am extremely, extremely, extremely fortunate to be able to have caught this at this stage.”
Farrell will begin treatment immediately and assistant manager Torey Lovullo, who was previously linked to managerial positions in the offseason, will assume the position effective today.
Our thoughts and prayers are with John Farrell, his family, and the entire Red Sox Organization.
By Pete Packowski @Pete_BBS