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Red Sox Manager John Farrell diagnosed with lymphoma

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Boston Red Sox Manager John Farrell announced Friday he has been diagnosed with cancer and will be taking a medical leave.

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Boston Red Sox Manager John Farrell announced Friday he has been diagnosed with lymphoma and will miss the rest of the season as he undergoes treatment.

Farrell told reporters in Boston that he would begin chemotherapy next week. He said his lymphoma is Stage 1 -- meaning the cancer has not spread as much as it would in other stages -- and that doctors have told him his condition is “localized” and “highly curable.”

Said Farrell: “There’s going to be a good outcome to this.”

Farrell said the lymphoma was detected as a result of the hernia surgery he underwent on Monday. He said his course of chemotherapy would last nine weeks.

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“There’s no alternative,” he said.

Torey Lovullo, the Red Sox bench coach and former UCLA star, will manage the team for the rest of the year.

Farrell, 53, is in his third season as the Red Sox manager. In his first season, in 2013, the Red Sox won the World Series championship.

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