Ohio St. ballplayers tested to be donor for teammate with cancer

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Ohio State freshman lefty Zach Farmer was not long ago diagnosed with leukemia, and he's now undergoing treatment. 

Not long after the bad news came down, reports the Columbus Dispatch, Farmer's Buckeye teammates all underwent tests to determine whether any of them would be a compatible bone marrow donor for Zach. Here's more from the Dispatch's Mark Znidar ... 

Senior captain Tim Wetzel, who has been a potential donor on the national bone-marrow transplant list for 18 months, told coach Greg Beals it would be a good idea to recruit the team. Farmer has had his first round of chemotherapy at The Ohio State James Cancer Hospital. He’ll be eligible for a bone-marrow transplant if he goes into remission.

Thirty-seven team members, including Beals, signed consent forms, filled out a short personal history and swabbed their cheeks with four Q-Tips from a DNA testing kit to see whether they are a match for Farmer or anyone else in the nation.

And here's a glimpse ... 

Good show, Buckeyes, and here's hoping someone's a match. Most of all, here's hoping Zach's headed for a full and speedy recovery. 

Here's where you can join the national bone-marrow registry and help patients like Zach Farmer. 

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Dayn Perry has been a baseball writer for CBS Sports since early 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for FOXSports.com and ESPN.com. He's the author of three books, the most recent being Reggie Jackson: The... Full Bio

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