San Diego State coach Tony Gwynn had a 14-hour surgery to remove a malignant tumor from inside his right cheek on Tuesday night. His wife, Alicia Gwynn, told ESPN.com that doctors removed the entire cancerous growth from his parotid gland.
"All is well—it doesn't seem like last time," Alicia Gwynn told ESPN. "It turned out great. He looks good, he looks normal. His eyelids are a little swollen, but they got all the cancer. They say they got it all. His face looks good. They did an amazing job."
Gwynn, who had a Hall of Fame playing career with the Padres, originally had surgery to remove lymph nodes and tumors from the parotid glad in August of 2010, and later that year he went through eight weeks of chemotherapy and radiation treatments. But the cancer recurred, and he told his team he needed another surgery about two weeks ago. This time, there won't be any chemo or radiation, Alicia told BA correspondent Kirk Kenney in the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Kenney reported that doctors told Gwynn to rest for 30 days, and then he can resume his activities as SDSU's baseball coach.
"He loves this team more than anything," Alicia Gwynn told Kenney. "I think this is the happiest and most positive I've seen him in a long time about his team. And he wants to run his team. He said, 'This is my team and I'm going to be in control.' He's just looking forward to getting back on the field."
Associate head coach Mark Martinez will lead the coach in Gwynn's absence. The Aztecs have two other experienced, capable coaches on their staff in pitching coach Eric Valenzuela and volunteer Mark Viramontes.
"These kids love their head coach," Martinez told Kenney. "They're going to miss him while he's out. We're all going to miss him while he's out. They're definitely going to have a little bit of that chip on their shoulder. They're definitely going to want to make him proud with the way they play."
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