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Diamondbacks bench coach Ron Gardenhire diagnosed with prostate cancer

The Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday announced that new bench coach Ron Gardenhire has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

The Diamondbacks announced the unfortunate news via the organization’s official Twitter account, which featured quotes from Gardenhire, who said in part, “I’m going to fight it and deal with it.”

Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo cited that the team is “a family” and will “come together to help Gardy through this to the best of our ability.”

D-backs President and CEO Derrick Hall said the “entire organization stands behind Ron and we are here to support him through this challenging time.”

Arizona general manager Mike Hazen noted in his comments that it “says a lot about Gardy that his first thought when he told us about his diagnosis is that he didn’t want to be a distraction to the team.”

The Diamondbacks also announced plans going forward, tweeting Gardenhire will undergo surgery to have his prostate removed at a future date.

Gardenhire is in his first season as the Diamondbacks bench coach after a lengthy coaching and managerial career with the Minnesota Twins organization. He spent 11 seasons as the Twins third base coach, winning a World Series in 1991, before taking over for Tom Kelly as manager in 2002.

Gardenhire managed the Twins for 13 seasons, winning six AL Central division titles, while compiling a 1,068-1,039 overall record. He was named American League Manager of the Year in 2010 after finishing runner-up five times (2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2009).

[Hardball Talk]