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Twins GM Ryan has treatable cancer

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MINNEAPOLIS — Diagnosed with cancer in his neck, Twins general manager Terry Ryan has taken leave from his job for treatment and recovery.

The timetable for his return is unclear, but the prognosis is optimistic. Though concerned, the Twins were confident that their front office's long-time leader would beat the disease and get back to running the team.

"I don't doubt he'll get this knocked out," assistant general manager Rob Antony said. "He's a tough bird, as he would say."

The Twins released a statement Monday from Ryan, who thanked his doctors, friends and colleagues for their work and support. "It's my intention to see you back at the ballpark as soon as possible," he said.

During his recent annual physical exam, Ryan, 60, asked team physician Vijay Eyunni to examine a hard lump on his neck about an inch in diameter that had appeared a few weeks earlier. Further tests revealed squamous cell carcinoma.

The squamous cells are in several parts of the body, but Eyunni said the source and cause of the cancer was undetermined. All that was known, he said, was that it was in his lymph node but had not spread to anywhere else.

"The good news is we caught it early," Eyuinni said, adding: "As you know, both mentally and physically, he's very strong. So with treatment and radiation, it's going to help him a lot."

JETER MOVes ON from a-rod: Derek Jeter said the Yankees have no choice but to move forward now that Alex Rodriguez has accepted his suspension for the 2014 season. "He's not here for this season, so we're going to have to find ways to win with the team that we have," Jeter said.

BECKETT BULLISH: Dodgers right-hander Josh Beckett said he will be ready for the start of the season after having a rib removed in July in a surgery to alleviate a nerve condition that was affecting his right arm.

PITCHER CONTRITE: Astros right-hander Jarred Cosart apologized for using a gay slur to describe pop star Justin Bieber in a tweet to a former teammate.

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