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Michael Kirkman diagnosed with recurrence of skin cancer

Jun 10, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

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Almost exactly one year ago Rangers left-hander Michael Kirkman completed treatment for skin cancer, but the team announced yesterday that he’s been diagnosed with a recurrence of cutaneous lymphoma on his right triceps following a recent screening.

Chris Toman of MLB.com reports that Kirkman will undergo radiation treatment and has been placed on the disabled list, with the hope that he’ll be able to continue throwing and potentially rejoin the team in just a few weeks.

Kirkman, who’s been struggling on the mound and asked to take some time off after the diagnosis, said:

It’s just kind of one of those things. It’s kind of a blessing in disguise. I can take a step back, take a mental break and work some bugs out.

That’s a pretty amazing attitude to have in the face of such adversity.

  1. hushbrother - Jun 10, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Makes a three run walkoff bomb by Big Papi seem insignificant by comparison.

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