Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Monday he has cancer and will miss spring training while he is treated.
According to a statement from the team, Ryan has squamous cell carcinoma and will receive treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
In a statement, Ryan, 60, said: “During the course of a routine annual physical, Twins team physician Dr. Vijay Eyunni detected a lump in my neck which required further review. A subsequent biopsy confirmed the lump was cancerous, leading to an official medical diagnosis of squamous cell carcinoma.”
Ryan added that the cancer “appears to be confined to my neck and has not spread. I've been assured this form of cancer is treatable and remain optimistic about my return to good health in the near future.”
Ryan served as the Twins general manager from 1994 to 2007, resigned to become a consultant and scout for his successor Bill Smith, then returned to the position in November 2011.
Squamous cell carcinoma is described as an uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells arising in the squamous cells, which compose most of the skin's upper layers.