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Reds coach Berry battling cancer

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Cincinnati Reds third-base coach Mark Berry announced to the team on Sunday that he has cancer on his tonsil and two lymph nodes.

"I know it sounds bad, the word cancer, but there are plenty of people in this clubhouse that have had it and I know people around the game who have beaten it," Berry told reporters after a team meeting. "My sister had it and beat it. That part hasn't bothered me."

Berry, 50, said doctors told him the cancer has not spread. He will remain with the team in Arizona in spring training before undergoing more tests in Cincinnati. But he hopes to stay with the team during treatment when the regular season begins.

Reds team doctor Timothy Kremchek said the outlook is good for Berry's recovery. Berry had part of the tonsil surgically removed last week.

Berry has spent 30 years with the Reds' organization, the last 10 years as third base coach.

"I don't want to downplay it, but I'm not concerned," Berry said. "I'm going to beat it like lots of people in the game I know (have)."
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