As the World Series draws near, the cellar-dwelling Red Sox got some excellent news Thursday - manager John Farrell's cancer is in remission.
Farrell has been sidelined since Aug. 14 after being diagnosed with lymphoma. Since then, bench coach Torey Lovullo has handled managerial duties for the team.
Dave Dombrowski, the team's president of baseball operations since a few days after the diagnosis, says Farrell will return next season - a legitimate question, as the team went 50-64 before Farrell's diagnosis and 28-20 under Lovullo.
Upon his announcement this summer, Farrell was optimistic, referring to his illness as "highly curable."
"I am extremely thankful for the outpouring of support I have received from the Red Sox, my family, friends and fans throughout this process," Farrell said in a statement Thursday. "I am also especially thankful for the talented doctors who cared for me in Detroit and here at [Massachusetts General Hospital.]"
The illness was discovered when Farrell went in for hernia surgery in Detroit during a weekend series against the Tigers.
Farrell has served as the team's manager since Bobby Valentine was fired after the 2012 season. He led the team to a World Series victory in 2013, followed by two last-place finishes.
He managed the Blue Jays in the two years before he rejoined the Red Sox, where he was the pitching coach from 2007 to 2010.
"We are thrilled to hear the great news about John," said Dombrowski. "Foremost, we are extremely happy for him and his family, knowing what he has gone through over the past two months. We all admire him for his strength and courage, and look forward to having him back as our manager."