On Sunday, Reds third base coach Mark Berry delivered some tough news to the clubhouse. The 50-year-old told the team that he has been diagnosed with cancer.
“I have cancer,” Berry told reporters after the team meeting. “I know it sounds bad, the word cancer, but there are plenty of people in this clubhouse that have had it and I know people around the game who have beaten it. My sister had it and beat it. That part hasn’t bothered me.”
The cancer, which was diagnosed last Wednesday in Cincinnati when he had part of his tonsil removed, is located on his tonsil and two lymph nodes. Luckily, the cancer is contained in the left side of his neck, and has not spread anywhere else. Furthermore, team medical director Timothy Kremchek said the condition was detected relatively early and the outlook for Berry is positive.
Berry will spend the next week with the Reds in Goodyear, Ari. before returning home to the Queen City on Saturday. Once he returns, he will go through more tests ...