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GM Ryan has positive post-surgery checkup

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Twins general manager Terry Ryan received a positive report from his doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota on Thursday during his checkup one week after the removal of a cancerous growth in his neck.

According to a Twins spokesman, team physician Dr. Vijay Eyunni said that Ryan "checked out great, is healing nicely and returned home."

Ryan was diagnosed with squamous-cell carcinoma earlier this month after a lump was found in a lymph node in his neck. Squamous-cell carcinoma is commonly a form of skin cancer and can be further targeted by radiation therapy.

That decision, though, has yet to be made by his physicians at Mayo.

At the time of the diagnosis, Ryan said he felt positive about his prognosis and care. He has been advised not to travel to Spring Training, but to rest and relax at home.

"It's my intention to see you back at the ballpark as soon as possible," Ryan said.

Barry M. Bloom is national reporter for and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter.
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