Now you know: Babe Ruth was one of the first cancer patients to get chemo/radiation

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Maybe you knew already, as this was first reported in 1998. But I never heard about it. Today at PBS.org, Dr. Howard Markel tells the story of how baseball’s biggest star also played a role in pioneering cancer treatment: he was one of the first cancer patients who were treated with combinations of chemotherapy and radiation.

An interesting story with a link back to the original New York Times story uncovering that most interesting fact about one of baseball’s most interesting characters.

Padres to place Franchy Cordero on DL, activate Hunter Renfroe

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Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the Padres will place outfielder Franchy Cordero on the 10-day disabled list and activate outfielder Hunter Renfroe from the DL on Monday.

Cordero, 23, has been slumping, batting .140 with four extra-base hits in 47 plate appearances dating back to May 11. The Padres noticed that the forearm issue has been affecting his swing in recent games. Manager Andy Green said, “It was something where he could swing a certain way to manage it. But swinging that way was not him.”

Renfroe, 26, has been out since mid-April due to inflammation in his right elbow. He hit .200/.281/.440 in 57 PA prior to landing on the disabled list. Renfroe played in 10 rehab games with Triple-A El Paso.