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Twins general manager Ryan takes a step toward recovery

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Minnesota Twins General Manager Terry Ryan has been discharged from the Mayo Clinic following cancer surgery on Tuesday, the club announced Friday. Ryan headed home in Eagan, Minn., to continue his recovery.

Ryan remains out indefinitely. With pitchers and catchers set to report on Sunday, it's possible that he could miss all of spring training. "We're just keeping our fingers crossed that he has a speedy recovery and can return as soon as possible," assistant GM Rob Antony said.

Antony will assume Ryan's duties but will lean on an experienced front office staff that includes player personnel head Mike Radcliffe and special assistant to the GM Wayne Krivsky.

On Monday, Ryan, 60, announced that he had been diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma in his neck.

Surgery was successful and doctors were confident that the cancer had not spread. Because of that, Ryan will need radiation treatments and not chemotherapy.

Righthander Mike Pelfrey was pleased to hear that Ryan's surgery went well.

"I saw that everyone is optimistic, which is good," Pelfrey said. "Hopefully, they get it taken care of. Terry is the most intelligent baseball man I've ever been around and an even better person. He's going to be missed and I think we all have unconditional support for him."

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