On Monday, Twins GM Terry Ryan disclosed that he's battling skin cancer and will not attend spring training. Fortunately, the long-term prognosis seems to be a positive one. Here's his statement in full, released through the team:
As the Minnesota Twins prepare to open Spring Training in Fort Myers, FL, I felt it was important to take this opportunity to share information surrounding my personal health.
During the course of a routine annual physical, Twins team physician Dr. Vijay Eyunni detected a lump in my neck which required further review. A subsequent biopsy confirmed the lump was cancerous, leading to an official medical diagnosis of Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Thankfully, incremental tests indicate the cancer appears to be confined to my neck and has not spread to other regions of my body.
At the direction of Dr. Eyunni, I am currently being treated at the Mayo Clinic as well as Minnesota Oncology. I've been assured this form of cancer is treatable and remain optimistic about my return to good health in the near future.
Understanding the need to focus on treatment and recovery, I will not be in Fort Myers as we commence Spring Training. That said, I'm highly confident in the proven leadership of our baseball operations team including Rob Antony, Mike Radcliff, Ron Gardenhire and others as we collectively prepare for the 2014 Major League season.
Lastly, my family and I would like to say thank you to Dr. Eyunni as well as the doctors and medical staff at the Mayo Clinic and Minnesota Oncology. In addition, we are grateful for the many friends and colleagues who have sent their well wishes and support throughout this challenging time. It's my intention to see you back at the ballpark as soon as possible.
Ryan, age 60, first served as Twins GM from 1995 through 2007, and over that span he presided over four division champs. Three additional division titles, won by teams largely built by Ryan, followed in 2009 and 2010. Ryan returned to his role as GM in November of 2011.
Our best wishes for a full recovery go out to Ryan and his family.