(WTNH)–Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell announced Friday afternoon that he has been diagnosed with stage 1 lymphoma.
Farrell said the cancer was discovered during hernia surgery, which he underwent earlier this week. The 53-year-old left the team before Tuesday’s game with the Miami Marlins after feeling discomfort on the right side of his body.
Farrell will begin chemotherapy treatment Tuesday at Masachusetts General Hospital in Boston. The manager told reporters Friday that doctors described the lymphoma as “localized and highly curable.”
Chemptherapy is scheduled to last nine weeks, according to the Boston Globe’s Scott Lauber.
“There’s no alternative,” Farrell told reporters at Fenway Park on Friday. “There’s going to be a good outcome to this.”
Farrell called the past week “surreal,” saying that he had no obvious symptoms. “No loss of weight, obviously,” he joked.
Bench coach Torey Lovullo will manage the team in his absence.
Farrell’s family has dealt with this kind of news before, as his son Luke battled and defeated the disease in high school.
The manager reportedly told his team about his diagnosis on Thursday.
“Your heart just stops,” second baseman Dustin Pedroia told reporters.
The 53-year-old has gone 372-390 over five MLB seasons as a manager with the Toronto Blue Jays and Red Sox.
He guided Boston to the World Series title in 2013, one year after the team finished last in the American League East.
Farrell said he expects to be back managing the Red Sox next season.