Cal Ripken Jr. has gone public with news of his cancer diagnosis in February, according to reports from various reporters.
Ripken was diagnosed with prostate cancer in February, underwent surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in March, and has since made a full recovery.
“The recommendation was to do a biopsy, which we did in mid-February, and it came back that I had prostate cancer,” Ripken said, according to MASN’s Roch Kubatko. “It was in the early stages, and trying to get around that news and what it means ... They say it’s a slow-moving cancer and you don’t have to make a really quick decision and all those things. The answer to do surgery was, it was the right decision to make and that was the easy part of it. But then getting yourself ready to do it was another one.”
Baseball’s Iron Man will turn 60 next Monday.
The news came a few weeks before the 25th anniversary of Ripken breaking Lou Gehrig’s famed consecutive games streak. Ripken retired in 2001, was a first-ballot induction to the Hall of Fame and is widely considered one of the best shortstops in baseball history.
The Hall-of-Famer didn’t need to undergo radiation or treatment, and has since made a full recovery.
“It’s been a pretty miraculous few months,” Ripken said.