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May 17, 2008 at 2:11 PM

Rizzo diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Red Sox Press Release:

BOSTON -- Boston Red Sox Minor League first baseman Anthony Rizzo has been diagnosed with Limited Stage Classical Hodgkin's Lymphoma. At the present time,
he is being treated as an out-patient at Massachusetts General Hospital's Oncology Unit by Dr. Ephraim Hochberg, Dr. Taylor Ortiz and Dr. David Steele. Rizzo will be returning to his home in the Miami, Fla., area in the next few days to continue his treatment, which is expected to take 6-8 months. He has an excellent chance of cure and complete recovery.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Anthony and his family at this very difficult time," commented Red Sox Executive Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein. "We are optimistic about his recovery and look forward to the day he can return to the playing field." Rizzo, 18, is in his second year in the Boston organization after being selected in the sixth round of the 2007 First Year Player Draft out of Majory Stoneman Douglas High School. In 2008, he was hitting .373 with 11 RBI at Single-A Greenville and last played in a game on April 26.