Ernie Harwell, a 91-year-old Baseball Hall of Fame honoree and longtime broadcaster for the Detroit Tigers, said Friday that he has inoperable cancer.
Harwell, who retired from broadcasting in 2002, said he began feeling ill this summer. He had surgery last month for an obstructed bile duct. Doctors found a cancerous tumor and several days ago advised him against further surgery.
“They told us what the situation was,” he said. “We trusted their judgment.”
Harwell said he feels well for now and plans to continue work on a book and other projects.
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He broadcasted major league games for 55 years, including 1960 to 2002 for the Tigers, and was honored by the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981 and the Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame in 1989.
Sizemore out for remainder of season
Cleveland Indians center fielder Grady Sizemore, who is from Everett, will miss the remainder of the season because of soreness in his left elbow that will require arthroscopic surgery.
The procedure will take place next week at the Cleveland Clinic.
Sizemore has been bothered by the elbow since early May. He was on the disabled list from May 31 to June 23 and has played through pain since returning to action.
Royals GM Dayton Moore said manager Trey Hillman would be back in 2010 despite the team’s struggles this season. … Yankees closer Mariano Rivera will throw in the bullpen today and could be ready to return to the mound Sunday. … Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon has been fined $5,000 by Major League Baseball for taking too long to throw his first pitch. A new rule allows pitchers 2 minutes, 20 seconds from the final out of the previous inning to the first pitch. They get 12 seconds to throw once the batter steps into the box. … Cubs left fielder Alfonso Soriano is out indefinitely with a sore left knee. … The Phillies activated right-hander Brett Myers from the disabled list. … Braves outfielder Nate McLouth was activated from the 15-day disabled list after missing 17 games with a strained left hamstring. … Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton missed Friday’s game against Baltimore, staying behind in Texas after having a bad reaction to a shot he took to ease the pain from a pinched nerve in his back.