Good news from San Diego as the Union-Tribune has a report that Hall of Fame outfielder Tony Gwynn has completed a chemotherapy for cancer of the parotid gland and is hopeful he can return this year to both of his jobs -- as baseball coach at San Diego State and as a commentator on Padres broadcasts.
"Everything is going great. I don’t have an exact answer yet where I stand with the cancer. I can’t say I’m cured. I have an MRI and a CT scan planned for sometime next week. But I feel good and my doctors tell me they think I’m ahead of schedule. And I’ve been walking on my own for about a month now.”
Walking was a challenge for Gwynn, who already was suffering from disk problems in his back when he was diagnosed with cancer. He underwent surgery in August to remove lymph nodes and tumors, and could not get treatment on his back while receiving chemotherapy.
“I have to tell you, that was no fun,” Gwynn said. “Anyone who has gone through it knows what chemotherapy and radiation is like. I’m right there with you. My thoughts are with anyone who has done that.
"But to be lying there on that table for those treatments with my back the way it was, that was really tough. But I was lucky. I had some great people working on me.”
Gwynn had gained a lot of weight since retiring, contributing to his back issues, but says he's lost a considerable amount of weight in recent months.
-- David Andriesen