TORONTO, CANADA - AUGUST 27: Manager John Farrell #53 of the Boston Red Sox talks to bench coach Torey Lovullo #17 in the dugout during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays on August 27, 2014 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Torey Lovullo shaves head in support of John Farrell

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Red Sox manager John Farrell has been away from the team since mid-August while undergoing chemotherapy for Stage 1 lymphoma. Bench coach Torey Lovullo, who has been serving as manager in his absence, showed up to the ballpark Saturday with a shaved head. According to Christopher Smith of MLive.com, Lovullo said he did it to show support for his friend and what he’s going through right now.

“You’ll see him — he doesn’t have much hair right now,” Lovullo said. “It’s all an adjustment for us. But I made a commitment to him when he told me he was going to go through this process that I’d shave my head when he got to that point. And yesterday was that point. But he’s doing good.””

Pretty cool stuff. Farrell and Lovullo have a long history together going back to when they were teammates with the Angels in 1993.

Terry Francona will accompany John Farrell to his first chemotherapy session

John Farrell, Terry Francona
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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:

Red Sox manager John Farrell announces that he has stage 1 lymphoma

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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.