Red Sox manager John Farrell has stepped away from the team for the remainder of the season to undergo treatment for Stage 1 lymphoma, with bench coach Torey Lovullo taking over as Boston skipper.
Farrell replaced Terry Francona as Red Sox manager in 2013–we’ll call Bobby Valentine an unfortunate place-holder–after previously serving as pitching coach under Francona and in a random scheduling coincidence Francona’s new team, the Indians, are in Boston to play a three-game series at Fenway Park beginning tonight.
Which leads to this, which is pretty cool:
Huge news out of Boston: manager John Farrell just announced that he has been diagnosed with Stage 1 lymphoma and that he will begin chemotherapy next week. He said that bench coach Torey Lovullo will manage the rest of the season.
Farrell, the Red Sox manager since 2013, was out the other day for hernia surgery. He said that the cancer was detected during the course of that procedure.
Best wishes to Farrell and his family. Who, unfortunately, have been through this before, as Farrell’s son Luke battled and defeated cancer while in high school.
On Thursday, Red Sox starter Wade Miley struggled against the Orioles, serving up five runs over four innings. Manager John Farrell decided to take Miley out of the game, something the left-hander didn’t like. The two had a heated argument in the dugout before continuing the conversation in private, away from TV cameras.
Per Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston, Farrell called Miley’s outburst “unacceptable”.
“What happened in the dugout last night was a pitcher who was competitive [and] obviously did not like the decision to be removed from the game,” Farrell said. “But the outburst in the dugout was something that’s, you know, unacceptable. I won’t stand for it. As a result, we met immediately following the game.”
Miley accepted blame for what transpired, saying, “I handled it terrible.” He added, “I lost my head last night.”
Miley was acquired from the Diamondbacks in December, but has performed poorly over 12 starts with the Red Sox. He carries a 5.07 ERA with a 42/21 K/BB ratio in 65 2/3 innings. The Red Sox rotation as a whole has a 4.74 ERA, the worst mark in the American League and fourth-worst in baseball. As a result, it’s no surprise they are 27-34 in last place in the AL East.