Former Texas Ranger Manager Johnny Oates, diagnosed this month with a brain tumor, will undergo surgery today.
The surgery will be performed at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Doctors will remove as much of the tumor as possible, and Oates will be hospitalized for several days.
Oates was diagnosed with a Glioblastoma Multiforme tumor, the most aggressive form of primary brain tumors, on Nov. 5 after experiencing weakness and slurring of speech the previous week.
Oates managed the Rangers to their only three American League West titles (1996, ’98 and ’99), but they finished last in 2000. They were 11-17 and 10 games behind Seattle this year when Oates resigned under pressure May 4.
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