John Farrell

John Farrell has stage 1 lymphoma, 'highly curable'; Torey Lovullo to manage rest of season

Ryan Hannable
August 14, 2015 - 12:49 pm

Prior to Friday's game, Red Sox manager John Farrell announced he has stage 1 lymphoma. He had hernia surgery on Monday in Detroit and it was there that it revealed the cancer. "It's localized. It's highly curable and I am extremely fortunate to be with not only people with the Red Sox, but access to MGH and all the world class talent that can handle this over at MGH," Farrell said. "It's been a surreal four or five days. I never had one symptom before the notification of it. No fatigue. No night sweats, loss of weight, obviously." "It's been a shocker, but I take a step back and I am extremely, extremely fortunate to have caught this at this stage," he added. "The mass was removed at the time of the hernia surgery." Farrell will begin chemotherapy early next week at Mass General Hospital and it is expected to last nine weeks. The manager was emotional throughout the entire press conference, but paused and shed some tears when asked of the support from the players. David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia were present along with general manager Ben Cherington and assistant general manager Mike Hazen when he made the announcement. "In a way you live vicariously through their careers," he said. "Yours is over. You try to help when you can with them and when they show that support ..." Torey Lovullo will manage the rest of the season. Farrell expects to be back with the team during spring training next spring. "The thing that is going to suck is not being around in this capacity," he said. "I know that there are other ways that I can stay actively involved and that will be a really needed diversion going through this." For more Red Sox news, visit