Tony Beasley is back where he belongs.
The Texas Rangers third base coach, who missed the 2016 season while battling rectal cancer, was back on the practice field with a group of position players Thursday morning.
“I feel great. Just happy to be back in the fold,” Beasley said Thursday morning after a workout at Arlington High School’s indoor activity center. “It feels great to be able to actually be involved, not just be around. To get your hands dirty, hit the fungos, coach third base, the whole nine yards.”
Beasley was diagnosed a year ago and underwent three sets of chemotherapy, one radiation treatment and two surgeries before getting a clean bill of health in December. Beasley called the all clear from doctors “a special moment.” He was told to wait six weeks before resuming work. That ended Monday and Beasley was back at work Tuesday morning. He’s still building back up his weight but looks and feels great. Physically, he said, he’ll have to get back into baseball shape just like the players. He has no limitations and will be back coaching third base this season.
“I have to go through the soreness of throwing again,” he said. “But I don’t know if I’ve felt this good physically in a long time.”
Beasley said the ordeal helped him realize the little things in life.
“Recognizing the importance of everything we take for granted,” said Beasley, who turned 50 in December. “Every little nuance in life we just assume is going to happen every day. When those things become challenging and some of them are taken away you have to recognize that everything and every day is a blessing.”