Oklahoma City RedHawks: Hawks manager Tony DeFrancesco gets good news

DeFrancesco says his cancer is in remission. “Now we just has to keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn’t come back.”
by Michael Baldwin Published: July 17, 2014

RedHawks manager Tony DeFrancesco spent part of the All-Star break going through a routine check-up at MD Anderson in Houston.

“I had an excellent report. The cancer is in remission,” DeFrancesco said. “I had a CAT scan done and met with doctors. Everyone is pleased. Now we just has to keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn’t come back.”

Diagnosed with cancer during spring training, DeFrancesco underwent six weeks of radiation and chemotherapy treatment. He recuperated at his home in Mesa, Ariz., before rejoining the RedHawks in late May.

“Initially you’re shocked when you’re told you have cancer,” DeFrancesco said. “It’s responded really well to the treatment, which is great news. We’re now on the watch-and-see program, hopefully to where it will go away completely.”


Thursday night’s game with Nashville was rained out and will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Friday. The first game will begin at 4:05 p.m. The second game will start 35 minutes after the conclusion of the first game. Both games are scheduled for seven innings.

Gates open at 3:30 p.m. The first 2,000 fans receive a special edition RedHawks sport necklace. A fireworks show will follow the second game.

Fans with tickets to Thursday’s game can redeem them for a ticket of equal or lesser value to any of the RedHawks remaining games this season but must redeem tickets in person at the Brick’s ticket office.

by Michael Baldwin
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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