Tag:Dave Roberts
Posted on: October 22, 2011 9:48 am

Heating up in October

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Which players are hitting better in October than in the regular season? Our David Fung wanted to know, and did this graphic.

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Posted on: February 9, 2011 9:56 am

Padres coach battling cancer

Darrel Akerfelds At least one member of the Padres coaching staff will be worried about more than how to replace Adrian Gonzalez's offense as the team reports to Surprise, Ariz., this weekend. San Diego bullpen coach Darrel Akerfelds is scheduled to report to camp despite going through chemotherapy treatments in his fight against pancreatic cancer.

The 48-year-old Akerfelds was diagnosed with cancer in December and report to camp between his fifth and sixth rounds of double chemotherapy, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports .

"Everyone is doing everything they can on the medical end," Akerfelds told the newspaper. "I've got a great team behind me. The plan the doctors have is innovative and aggressive. I think going to spring training is good therapy. I need to do my job."

The hope is the chemotherapy will shrink the size of the tumor and then he can have surgery to remove it. He finished his fifth round of chemotherapy on Tuesday and is expected to start the sixth round next Tuesday.

"I've told the Padres I might have to miss a day or two at times. [Padres trainer Todd Hutcheson] is going to make sure I don't overdo it. But I'm walking three or four times a week, three or four miles at a time," he said. "Baseball and those walks are my sanity. I need to be doing what i usually do. Until the surgery, my plan is to participate and do my job as best I can. I've told Buddy [Black] and [Padres pitching coach Darren Balsley] that I might need a break from time to time."

Last season Dave Roberts was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma during spring training last season. Roberts was working in the front office last season, but is now the team's first-base coach and his cancer is in remission.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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