Thursday, March 02, 2006
Ruhle diagnosed with cancer
LAKELAND -- Reds pitching coach Vern Ruhle has been diagnosed with cancer, the team announced this morning.
Ruhle, 55, will remain with the team as much as possible as he begins treatments.
"Vern is the pitching coach," said general manager Wayne Krivsky.
His illness was discovered during routine physicals given to all members of the coaching staff when spring training began. Ruhle missed Monday's workout for a follow-up appointment with his doctor.
At Ruhle's request, the Reds would not specify the type of cancer. Ruhle is expected to be in Lakeland by game time today. He spent the morning at the complex in Sarasota watching Reds pitchers throw side sessions.
The team released a statement from Ruhle that read as follows:
"I want to express my sincere thanks to the Reds organization and medical team for all their support during this time. My doctors feel that they've caught this at an early stage and it is very treatable. I am prepared to follow their direction and do whatever it takes to overcome this disease. In the meantime, I am keeping a very positive attitude.
"I plan to maintain a presence in spring training, but there will be times when I am away from the team for a few days as I receive treatment. Once again, I want to thank everyone for their support."
Krivsky and manager Jerry Narron said bullpen coach Tom Hume would assist with Ruhle's duties when he is away.