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Josh Geer returns to mound after overcoming skin cancer

Mar 5, 2012, 11:00 PM EDT

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Josh Geer, who made 22 starts for the Padres between 2008 and ’09, is back competing for a job with San Diego this spring after missing most of last season following surgery to deal with skin cancer. has the story.

After making two Triple-A starts, Geer was diagnosed with Stage III melanoma last April. Surgery to remove lymph nodes followed, leaving him with 25 staples in his neck and a lengthy rehabilitation. He has been cancer-free since the surgery.

“It was a long year this last year, but I’m right on schedule now and with everything behind me,” Geer said. “I’m past it all and looking ahead to the future.”

Geer went 3-8 with a 5.28 ERA in 129 2/3 innings for the Padres in his two major league seasons. After all of the missed time, the 28-year-old doesn’t have a realistic chance of breaking camp with the team this spring. He could be part of the Triple-A rotation, though. Regardless, he’s just happy to be around and competing.

“You look at life differently,” he said. “I’m very fortunate. I’m very blessed in many ways.”

  1. fishtacos4me - Mar 6, 2012 at 8:00 AM

    Why is this a story? It is just skin cancer, not something more serious that could actually interfere with his life. Put some lotion on your skin, and get on with it.

    • stex52 - Mar 6, 2012 at 8:49 AM

      I’d like to think that this is just a poor joke, but it doesn’t seem to be. Stage 3 melanoma prognosis carries a 50+% chance he will die within five years. He is serious when he talks about living life differently. The odds he won’t live to be very old are unfortunately high.

    • raftershostmom - Mar 6, 2012 at 8:52 AM

      Stage III cancer? Not something serious that could actually interfere with his life? Either you are the most uninformed poster I’ve read in a long time or you enjoy posting insensitive statements to get a rise out of other’s misery. Whatever the case may be…you’re an idiot.

      ~posted by an informed cancer survior

    • jwbiii - Mar 6, 2012 at 9:18 AM

      My brother-in-law was recently diagnosed with stage IV inoperable melanoma. Up until two years ago, the prognosis was about eight months. Obviously, with any drug this new, any long-term prognosis prediction is foolishness.

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