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Mariners' 3B coach diagnosed with cancer

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Seattle Mariners third-base coach Jeff Datz is battling an undisclosed form of cancer that might force him to miss some games this season.

Datz, 53, spoke to the team about his condition on Saturday before a game against the Angels and later released a statement. He has yet to decide on the type of treatment to pursue.

"The good news is that it was caught very early and I have great support from my wife, my family, (manager) Eric (Wedge), the coaches and staff, all the players and the Mariners organization," Datz said.

Datz offered no other information on the cancer. He said he won't comment further until a course of treatment and schedule are determined.

"He's going to beat this," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. "We've all experienced cancer in some way, shape or form and it's something he's been dealing with, we've all been dealing with for a couple of weeks and we felt like it was the right time to announce it to the team because he is going to miss some time away from the team at some point in time."

Datz has been with the Mariners for three years and worked for eight years on Wedge's coaching staff with the Cleveland Indians.
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