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Cash reaches out to Farrell after diagnosis

Red Sox manager leaves club for lymphoma treatment

ARLINGTON -- Rays manager Kevin Cash's thoughts were with Boston manager, and friend, John Farrell on Friday.

The announcement that Farrell had been diagnosed with Stage 1 lymphoma came prior to Friday night's Rays-Rangers contest.

Cash became friends with Farrell when Farrell served as the Red Sox pitching coach and Cash was a reserve catcher for the team.

Tweet from @RaysBaseball: The #Rays organization, players & fans wish a full & speedy recovery to @RedSox manager John Farrell. See you back on the field again soon!

When Cash was asked about his reaction to the news, he told reporters: "Yeah, I was a little stunned. ... I tried to call; [sent] him a text. Obviously, he's pretty well connected in this game. A lot of people have a ton of respect for John. And knowing him and that he's a pretty strong guy, he'll get through this."

Farrell will undergo treatment in the coming days. He had a mass removed during hernia surgery Monday in Detroit. Bench coach Torey Lovullo will manage the Red Sox on an interim basis.

Bill Chastain is a reporter for
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