The Boston Red Sox as of late have been plagued with injuries. One thing everyone needs to know is that guys like Varitek, Wakefield, and Nixon will get better, probably by the end of the season. But for Jon Lester, his recovery is going to take all of his strength. Karen Guregian's article
for the Boston Herald puts it best:
Jon Lester is in for the fight of his life. The rookie left-hander was diagnosed with a treatable form of the rare anaplastic large cell lymphoma, according to a statement released by the Red Sox yesterday. Anaplastic large cell lymphoma is an aggressive form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer that starts in the lymphatic tissue, a part of the body’s immune system. It boasts a better than 50-50 recovery rate, but the treatment may sideline the 22-year-old for at least six months...
Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell, a survivor of testicular cancer himself said this in the article:
“The best thing is, if the doctor’s diagnosis is it’s treatable and curable, take it for what it’s worth,” Lowell said. “Get well and worry about baseball later. . . . I know he’s in a lot of guys’ thoughts. We wish him the best. I hope he can have a quick recovery and be back in time to resume his life. Baseball has to be put on the backburner to a certain degree.”
The bottom line is Jon Lester, get well soon, we're all pulling for you
On a different note I just have to say this: Deion Branch, shut up and play football!