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Phillies president Montgomery takes leave of absence after cancer surgery

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

Health issues are forcing Phillies president David Montgomery (right) to step aside for the time being. (USATSI)
Health issues are forcing Phillies president David Montgomery to step aside for the time being. (USATSI)

The Phillies on Thursday announced that team president and CEO David Montgomery is taking a leave of absence after undergoing surgery in May for cancer of the jaw. Former GM Pat Gillick will perform Montgomery's duties while he's out. Here's the full statement from the team:

"The Phillies announced today that David Montgomery is taking a medical leave of absence from the organization while he continues to recover from jaw cancer surgery which occurred on May 19, 2014. During the leave, Pat Gillick, the Club's former General Manager and its current Senior Advisor to the President/General Manager, will assume David's responsibilities.

Gillick stated the following: 'I have the highest regard for David Montgomery, as does everyone in our industry. I am glad to be of assistance to the Phillies.'

The Club looks forward to David returning to his roles as General Partner, President and Chief Executive Officer when he is fully recovered."

Montgomery, 68, has been part owner of the team since 1981 and has served as president since 1997. He's a native of Philadelphia.

Our best wishes go out to Mr. Montgomery for a full and swift recovery.

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