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Tony Gwynn discusses his recovery from cancer

Feb 12, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

Tony Gwynn ap AP

Tony Gwynn recently discussed his recovery from cancer with Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.

As you may remember, the Hall of Famer was diagnosed with cancer of the parotid gland last August. We learned last month that radiation and chemotherapy forced him to use a walker to get around, but Gwynn tells Hernandez that surgery to remove a tumor also resulted in paralysis of the right side of his face, complicating his ability to smile, laugh or blink with his right eye. Gywnn estimates that he lost about 85 pounds during treatment.

“Baseball-wise, I knew if I put in the work I was going to get results,” Gwynn said. “Not knowing how it’s going to turn out, that’s the hard part. After being in control 20 years of your career and in nine years of coaching, now you ain’t in control anymore.”

The good news is that Gwynn told Hernandez that “things are about back to normal.” He has begun a workout program and recently underwent surgery to correct a back issue that has bothered him for over a year and a half. Earlier this week, he returned to his office at his alma mater San Diego State, where he has been the baseball coach since 2001. Gwynn plans to be on the bench when the team opens their season on February 18. He also intends to return to the broadcast booth for Padres games this season.

“I haven’t had any setbacks whatsoever,” Gwynn said. “I’m getting control of my face again.”

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  1. Lukehart80 - Feb 12, 2011 at 7:22 PM

    Get better quick, Tony!

  2. goldtoothbiscuits - Feb 12, 2011 at 8:31 PM

    Tony Gwynn is a class act. Wishing him well on a great recovery!

  3. bc666 - Feb 13, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    One of all-time favorite players. Always played with class and always showed he was having fun.

  4. BC - Feb 14, 2011 at 9:23 AM

    85 pounds??? Holy smokes, what did he weigh? Wow. Hope the recovery goes well and is complete. Best wishes, Tony.

  5. jvlivs - Nov 4, 2011 at 1:29 AM

    I grew up watching this cat on TV. Good to see that his legacy stands untarnished after all these years.

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