John Farrell

John Farrell keeping sense of humor after cancer diagnosis; New bench coach 'imminent'

Ryan Hannable
August 15, 2015 - 8:06 am

Red Sox manager John Farrell was back in his office Saturday morning, a day after revealing he has Stage 1 lymphoma. Farrell was with general manager Ben Cherington, assistant general manager Mike Hazen and the coaching staff putting a plan in place for while he's gone. Farrell will begin chemotherapy early next week. Acting manager Torey Lovullo said he got some positive feedback from Farrell following the Red Sox' 15-1 win over the Mariners Friday night. "Any time we get to see a big smile on his face it makes us all happy," Lovullo said. "He's in his his office right now being himself, having a good time and just touching base and staying connected to everybody. The feedback was that it took him getting out of the dugout for us to score that many runs yesterday. He had some humor to that, which we all appreciated through this tough moment." With Lovullo, the former bench coach, now acting as manager the team will be bringing in a bench coach as soon as possible, as the organization is currently deciding who that will be. "It's something we're talking about right now," Lovullo said. "We've been working through that with Ben [Cherington] and John [Farrell]. We're just throwing some names around and we certainly want to have somebody on the bench. That is imminent. Who that is at this point, we're not sure. We're going to try and do that as soon as possible." For more Red Sox news, visit