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Angels pitching coach Mike Butcher underwent surgery to remove cancerous growth

Hideki Matsui, Mike Butcher

Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Hideki Matsui (55) is congratulated by pitching coach Mike Butcher (23) and Angel players after hitting a two-run home run against the Toronto Blue Jays in the second inning of their baseball game Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)


Angels pitching coach Mike Butcher had surgery Thursday to remove a cancerous nodule from his thyroid gland and is expected to make a full recovery, according to Mark Saxon of

In fact, Butcher was already back at work Sunday for the final team meetings before pitchers and catchers arrive at spring training, albeit while wearing a neck brace.

Butcher was examined by a doctor after complaining of neck pain and a specialist recommended surgery when a biopsy showed the cancerous growth. As a player Butcher spent parts of four seasons with the Angels as a reliever in the 1990s and the 45-year-old took over as the team’s pitching coach following the 2006 season when Bud Black left to become the Padres’ manager.