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Yankees’ Stottlemyre Gets Treatment

August 8, 2000

NEW YORK (AP) _ New York Yankees pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre was not with the team Tuesday as he began his latest treatment for bone marrow cancer.

His pitching coach duties will be shared by bullpen coach Tony Cloninger and former pitching coach Billy Connors.

``Mel will be missing tonight, in all probability missing the road trip (beginning Friday in Anaheim),″ manager Joe Torre said. ``We knew this. There was going to be a time when his treatment would force him to miss games. He’s one of the strongest people I know. He has a good attitude, knows what he has to do, staying positive.″

Stottlemyre, a three-time 20-game winner for the Yankees, was diagnosed with multiple myeloma a year ago during spring training.

Multiple myeloma is a type of cancer formed by malignant plasma cells. Normal plasma cells are crucial to the immune system, but when they are produced at an abnormal rate they can cause tumors, anemia and fatigue. Roger Neilson, former coach of the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers, underwent treatment for the same disease.

Stottlemyre is scheduled to start stem-cell transplant, a procedure in which certain blood cells critical to healthy bone marrow are harvested from the patient’s blood, then reintroduced after the chemotherapy has destroyed most of the cancerous plasma cells.

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