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Sox hero Roberts battling cancer

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  May 3, 2010 04:48 PM

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Red Sox post-season hero Dave Roberts revealed today in a conference call with reporters that he battling Hodgkins Lymphoma. The illness was discovered in spring training.

Roberts, a special assistant to Padres general manager Jed Hoyer and a former NESN analyst said he first noticed soreness in his neck and a bump mid-way through March.

"I noticed soreness in my neck (in March) and it was growing. We caught it in the early stages and we've received a favorable diagnosis. The prognosis is very positive," Roberts said.

Roberts had been working with Padres players in spring training and at Petco Park in San Diego and says he's had to scale back his work routine.

"My spirits continue to be high and I expect to beat this fully," Roberts said.

Roberts said he's undergoing chemotherapy treatments twice a month and wanted to come out and tell everyone as his appearance may soon change from the treatments.

Asked whether he was scared, Roberts said, "I'm doing good. Once the total shock wore off I asked what can we do to beat it? My wife has been the pillar of strength through all of this and we're dealing with it." Roberts said he's received tremendous support from family and friends and the Padres have given him the freedom to adjust his scheulde as needed.

"My spirits continue to be high," he said.

Asked how he was feeling, the ever-positive Roberts said, "I feel good...I have to deal with the side effects." But he said "just going to the ballpark is stimulating."

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