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Twins GM Terry Ryan undergoes surgery for cancer

Feb 11, 2014, 10:17 PM EDT

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Via Rhett Bollinger, the Twins beat writer at

MINNEAPOLIS — Twins general manager Terry Ryan underwent successful neck surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., on Tuesday, the club announced.

Ryan, who will remain hospitalized for two or three days, announced Monday that he had been diagnosed with squamous-cell carcinoma in a lymph node in his neck. It came after he underwent his annual physical with Twins team physician Dr. Vijay Eyunni two weeks ago.

Ryan will need radiation treatment once he is healed from Tuesday’s neck procedure. He’s expected to miss the majority — if not all — of spring training, but the cancer is believed to be fully treatable at this point.

“We’re just going to work together and try to make the best decisions for the club, and obviously we’re going to have a lot of decisions to make in spring training,” Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony told reporters on Monday. “This is a tough time of year, as you put this thing together, but we’ve done our offseason work for the most part now, and we’re going to have to make some decisions. But the players usually make the decisions for us in spring training, so we’ll move forward.”

  1. NatsLady - Feb 11, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    Wish him the best in his fight.

  2. kraa0901 - Feb 11, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    I wish you the best in your future, Terry. I am a Twins fan through thick and thin, but this is beyond baseball….this is a mans life at stake.

    Do what’s best for your family- if that may be stepping down as GM again, so be it. Best wishes, sir.

  3. karlkolchak - Feb 12, 2014 at 8:40 AM

    Take it from me, radiation treament is far preferable to chemotherapy (I’ve had copious amounts of both). Hopefully for him that will turn out to be enough.

  4. azvikefan - Feb 12, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    Good luck Terry and hang in there. I’m a Twins fan since 1963 and the brother of one of the nurses who spoke with you yesterday. You will be treated well.

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