Jon Lester and John Farrell spoke after the manager was diagnosed with cancer. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Cancer survivor Jon Lester reaches out to former manager John Farrell: 'He's in good hands'

Ryan Hannable
August 14, 2015 - 9:28 pm

If there's anyone who has somewhat of an idea of what manager John Farrell is going through, it's Cubs pitcher Jon Lester. Lester was diagnosed with anaplastic large cell lymphoma in August of 2006, while Farrell revealed Friday he has stage 1 lymphoma. "I talked to him a little bit already," Lester said to reporters in Chicago. "It was good. He seems pretty positive. Everything seems pretty positive, so that's good." The former Red Sox pitcher was treated in Boston just under 10 years ago, so he has a good idea of the doctors and what treatment may be like. "He's in a good place for it," Lester said of the medical care he will receive both from the Red Sox and at Mass General. "Obviously, it's one of the better places, if not the best place in the country to be [to get treatment] if you do have cancer. He's in good hands. I know those doctors pretty well. It seems like he's doing well." Lester said it's nothing you can prepare for. "It's one of those things you have to just ride out," he said. "You have to do what the doctors tell you to do. I don't know the details of what he'll be going through or anything like that. I don't know the type. I just know it's lymphoma -- it can be a million different things. It sounded pretty curable, it sounded pretty positive from what I read and what I saw. That's the most important thing. I don't think you can ever prepare for a situation like that. You just have to kind of grind through it." Farrell was Lester's pitching coach before being his manager for two years and Lester is joining the entire Red Sox organization and baseball world in believing Farrell will get through it. "I don't really think you give John too much advice," Lester said. "If you know John, he's pretty strong-willed. I would imagine he'll be fine. I'm sure it's a little bit of a blow for his family. I'm sure he'll be fine through this whole process."