Red Sox manager John Farrell announced to reporters today that he has been diagnosed with Stage 1 lymphoma and will begin chemotherapy next week (Twitter link via Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald). Bench coach Torey Lovullo will manage the Sox for the rest of the season in light of this terrible news.
Farrell says that his chemotherapy will last for nine weeks, and there’s “no alternative” to that measure (Twitter links from Lauber). He’s maintaining a positive attitude, though, telling the media, “There’s going to be a good outcome to this.” Tim Britton tweets that the cancer was found earlier this week when Farrell was undergoing surgery to repair a hernia. Farrell added that he has “every intention of coming back” to the Red Sox.
The 53-year-old Farrell has served as the team’s manager dating back to 2013 — a season that saw the former Red Sox pitching coach win a World Series title in his return to Boston. He’s compiled a 218-220 record in the regular season while serving as Boston’s skipper and has also managed the Blue Jays at the Major League level. MLBTR offers our best wishes to Farrell, his family and friends, and the Red Sox organization as he battles the illness.
Sounds like they caught it early, good luck
There is nothing worse than too late
Aw man, at least they got it early.
From one Lymphoma survivor to another, good luck! It’s definitely beatable if you keep your mindset positive.
Lymphoma is one of the very treatable forms of cancer. Hopefully, Mr. Farrell will be in remission soon. God bless.
Wow. At least they caught it early though. Hope he has a speedy and full recovery.
As a Blue Jays fan, I loved him when he was managing the team. It was sad and hard to see him suddenly leave for Boston after 2 years, but he was a class act when he was here.
I wish Mr. Farrell the best of luck and hope he is able to have a successful recovery. My thoughts are with him and his family as he goes through this challenging time.
I was not a fan of the man but would never wish any harm to him. I hope this treatment works and he recovers 100%
Best wishes to John Farrell.
Never had any problems with him as a NYY fan, his position is his job and this goes beyond baseball anyhow. Wish the guy luck and a speedy recovery.
As another Yankee fan, I agree wholeheartedly. Get well soon, John. Kick cancer’s butt!
Almighty and merciful God, you are the only source of health and healing; you
alone can bring calmness and peace.
Grant John Farrell an awareness of your presence and a strong confidence in you. In pain, weariness, and anxiety, surround John with your care, protect him by your
loving might, and permit him once more to enjoy health and strength and peace;
through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
I think his chemo doctors are gonna do a pretty good job too
Are you trying to say that Jesus Christ can’t hit a curve ball?
I wish him a speedy recovery and hope he can get back to the game soon. Hope to see him next year with Red Sox in full health.
From a huge Yankee fan, I wish him the very best and a speedy recovery. An example of some things being bigger than sports. What a class act he is.
Much luck and hope being sent his way.
Wish him a speedy recovery, good man and manager. Didn’t the Red Sox have a coach have to resign last year with another form of cancer?