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Angels pitching coach Mike Butcher underwent surgery to remove cancerous growth

Feb 14, 2011, 12:50 PM EST

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Angels pitching coach Mike Butcher had surgery Thursday to remove a cancerous nodule from his thyroid gland and is expected to make a full recovery, according to Mark Saxon of ESPNLA.com.

In fact, Butcher was already back at work Sunday for the final team meetings before pitchers and catchers arrive at spring training, albeit while wearing a neck brace.

Butcher was examined by a doctor after complaining of neck pain and a specialist recommended surgery when a biopsy showed the cancerous growth. As a player Butcher spent parts of four seasons with the Angels as a reliever in the 1990s and the 45-year-old took over as the team’s pitching coach following the 2006 season when Bud Black left to become the Padres’ manager.

  1. Jonny 5 - Feb 14, 2011 at 12:56 PM

    When I read the title my first thought was “Divorce?” Now that I read it all I see the man had a less financially intrusive growth removed. Good for him. I hope he makes a full recovery soon, unlike if he was actually getting a divorce of course

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