A tearful John Farrell confirmed on Friday that he has been diagnosed with a "highly curable" form of cancer and that he will take a leave of absence from his job as Boston Red Sox manager for the remainder of the MLB season.
The 53-year-old Farrell said that he aims to be back at the reins at the start of next season and that bench coach Torey Lovullo will take charge of the team while he is on medical leave.
Farrell said the cancer of the lymphatic system was discovered last week when he had hernia surgery in Detroit.
"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," Farrell during the press conference ahead of Friday night's match at Fenway Park against Seattle.
"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 One. It's localised. 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 currently in last place in the AL East with a 50-64 record.
Farrell guided Boston to the World Series championship in 2013.