Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Prostate cancer on schedule for Phils' coach Davey Lopes

The Philadelphia Phillies' first base coach Davey Lopes, 62, learned he's "one in six" as he's been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

News reports say he's expected to undergo surgery and make a full recovery.

Although there aren't a lot of details, the team said that a routine medical exam at the beginning of spring training detected the cancer. Lopes is expected to undergo surgery at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater, Florida.

He's expected to return to his job at first base in about six weeks.

About one in six men are diagnosed with prostate cancer. Lopes, however, is the only man who led the National League in stolen bases in 1975 and 1976 to be diagnosed.