#Cubs Lester reaches out to Farrell

Cubs pitcher Jon Lester reached out to his former manager and pitching coach John Farrell as soon as he got the news that the Red Sox skipper was diagnosed with Stage 1 lymphoma. Lester knows something about the cancer, having been diagnosed with anaplastic large cell lymphoma in August 2006.

Lester, 31, called Farrell Friday when he heard the news. Farrell will not manage the rest of the season to get treatment.

“I talked to him a little bit already,” Lester said after the Cubs’ 6-5 victory over the White Sox. “It was good. He seems pretty positive. Everything seems pretty positive, so that’s good.

“He’s in a good place for it,” Lester said of the Red Sox medical staff and Massachusetts General Hospital. “Obviously, it’s one of the better places, if not the best place in the country to be [to get treatment] if you do have cancer. He’s in good hands. I know those doctors pretty well. It seems like he’s doing well.”

Lester, who still stays in touch with the Red Sox medical director Dr. Larry Ronan, said Farrell will have a great support staff, similar to what the pitcher had when he had to deal with in his battle.

There isn’t any way to prepare for this, Lester said.

“It’s one of those things you have to just ride out,” Lester said. “You have to do what the doctors tell you to do. I don’t know the details of what he’ll be going through or anything like that. I don’t know the type. I just know it’s lymphoma — it can be a million different things. It sounded pretty curable, it sounded pretty postiive from what I read and what I saw. That’s the most important thing.

“I don’t think you can ever prepare for a situation like that,” Lester said. “You just have to kind of grind through it.”

— Carrie Muskat

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