John Farrell, the manager of the Boston Red Sox, is officially in remission. The team released a statement Thursday declaring that their 53-year-old manager is currently cancer-free.
Farrell left the team in August after being diagnosed with Stage 1 Non-Hodgkin’s Burkitt lymphoma. As Farrell underwent months of chemotherapy, he received strong support from those around the game and the organization. Torey Lovullo, who took charge of the Red Sox as interim manager, shaved his head to show his encouragement, while Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona accompanied Farrell to his first chemo session.
After receiving the good news, Farrell made it a point to thank all those who lent him heartwarming support through the difficult period. “I am extremely thankful for the outpouring of support I have received from the Red Sox, my family, friends, and fans throughout this process,” he said in a statement. “I am also especially thankful for the talented doctors who cared for me in Detroit and here at (Massachusetts General Hospital). I look forward to getting back to work and bringing another championship back to Boston.”
Dave Dombrowski, president of Red Sox baseball operations, announced in a statement that Farrell would return as team manger when training camp starts in February. Lovullo will remain a member of the coaching staff. “Hopefully John’s back, he’s feeling great, he’s ready to go (for the next season). If for some reason, he’s a little slower to come back or not 100 percent, his trusted right-hand lieutenant is there for him to help him at that point, so that’s really how we went with it.”
The Red Sox (78-84) will enter the next season with a lot of unanswered questions after being swept by the Cleveland Browns in the AL Eastern Division earlier this month.