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Tag:Mike Butcher
Posted on: February 24, 2011 7:06 pm
Edited on: February 24, 2011 8:50 pm

Angels coach now cancer-free

Mike ButcherGreat news today from Arizona -- Angels pitching coach Mike Butcher was told doctors removed all the cancer from his thyroid gland, he told the Orange County Register.

Butcher underwent surgery two weeks ago to remove his thyroid gland and 14 lymph nodes. On Wednesday, he was told by his doctor "they got all the cancer out," following an examination.

Butcher only missed two days of spring training workouts and will see his endocrinologist on March 8 to regulate his medication. He has been assured the cancer was caught early enough that the chance for recurrence is slim.

"My energy level is good. I feel normal, for the most part," Butcher told the newspaper. "I feel like I can go through a full day with no problem now. I can't yell as loud as I want to. I won't be singing any time soon. But, for the most part, my voice is pretty much back to normal."

While doctors told him the papillary thyroid cancer was not directly related to any particular behavior, he's not taking any chances and will no longer use chewing tobacco.

"You'll never see me with a dip -- and I can say never," Butcher said. "You'll never see me with tobacco in my mouth again. I was never a heavy dipper. But when I look back on it, that's 20 years [of occasional use]. So I guess that's heavy."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: February 13, 2011 4:33 pm
Edited on: February 14, 2011 3:14 pm

Reports from reportings

Heath Bell With pitchers and catchers from nine teams reporting today, there's been plenty of news to report.

Here's a look around the league at some interesting tidbits:

• Padres closer Heath Bell, right, said he's surprised -- but happy -- he's still in San Diego. His agents are hoping for a multi-year deal with the team this spring. ( )

• Jered Weaver said he had "no hard feelings" toward the Angels after losing his arbitration case last week, but there are currently no talks about a long-term deal right now. (Los Angeles Times )

• Diamondbacks right fielder Justin Upton says he's glad he didn't get traded last season and wants to stay with the Diamondbacks long-term. (Arizona Republic )

• Here's a really good read, as Atlanta Journal-Constitution Braves beat writer David O'Brien goes on a motorcycle ride with new Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez, and the two talk motorcycles and managing following the ride on Super Bowl Sunday. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution )

• Padres manager Bud Black says in a Q&A that the team is more balanced this season than it was in 2010. (San Diego Union-Tribune )

• New Padres first baseman Brad Hawpe took a glove from former Rockies teammate Todd Helton to use at first base. (San Diego Union-Tribune )

• Angels pitching coach Mike Butcher had surgery to remove a cancerous nodule on his thyroid gland last Thursday. Butcher attended some of the team's meetings on Sunday and expects to be back full-time this week. (Orange County Register )

• Mariners closer David Aardsma hopes to be off crutches on Wednesday and maybe throwing a week or a week-and-a-half later. The Mariners closer hopes to return in April. (Seattle Times )

* The Mariners may be looking to add Chad Durbin to their bullpen. ( )

• The Indians see Orlando Cabrera as a "super utility" type, playing all around the infield. (Cleveland Plain Dealer )

• The Cubs and closer Carlos Marmol are expected to avoid arbitration and may announce a deal on Monday, the day before a hearing was scheduled. The Cubs offered $4.1 million and Marmol asked for $5.65 million. It's possible the two have reached a long-term deal. ( )

• Fans celebrate the 50th anniversary of Strat-O-Matic. ( )

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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