Before Friday night’s game against the Seattle Mariners, Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell announced to gathered reporters that he has a “highly curable” form of cancer and will take a medical leave for the rest of the season to deal with lymphoma. The 53-year-old Farrell said bench coach Torey Lovullo will run the Red Sox in his absence. Farrell said he plans to be back for spring training. The discovery was made by doctors during hernia surgery earlier in the 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 before Friday night’s 15-1 blowout of the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park. “Thankfully, it was detected in the hernia surgery. I can honestly tell you I’m extremely fortunate that it was found. Treatment will begin in the coming days….”A little bit of a shocker to be told later that afternoon that this was going on. Like I said, I’m fortunate…Stage 1. It’s localized. It’s highly curable. 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.”

The Red Sox are in last place in the American League East with a 50-64 record. He made the announcement with members of the Red Sox organization in the news conference room, including David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, general manager Ben Cherington and newly appointed president Sam Kennedy.

Farrell has managed the Red Sox since 2013, when he led a team that finished in last place the previous season to a World Series win in his first season. He was also the pitching coach for the Sox when they won the Series in 2007, and formerly managed the Toronto Blue Jays. As one of the more respected men in the game, he received well wished on Twitter from former players such as Shane Victorino and Jon Lester, to the Red Sox notorious rivals, the New York Yankees (in a classy move).

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