Oklahoma City RedHawks manager Tony DeFrancesco has been diagnosed with cancer and will miss the first part of the upcoming season as he undergoes treatment.
DeFrancesco was diagnosed during spring training and is expected to miss five to six weeks while being treated.
He’s expected to return in mid-May.
The RedHawks did not elaborate on the type of cancer, and are asking fans and media to respect DeFrancesco’s privacy during his treatment and recovery.
DeFrancesco is 50 years old and was about to start his fourth season as RedHawks manager.
Houston Astros minor league instructor Tom Lawless will serve as the RedHawks interim manager while DeFrancesco is sidelined.
OKC opens the season April 3 at Round Rock.