Third base coach Tony Beasley begins chemotherapy treatments on Monday in Avondale, Ariz., about a 20 minute drive south of Surprise. He’ll have a port inserted in his chest on Thursday. The port allows for a catheter to be connected to a major vein to administer the chemo. Beasley was diagnosed with rectal cancer in January.
“It’s good to get going and start the fight,” Beasley said Tuesday morning, sitting next to manager Jeff Banister during his usual morning Q&A with the media. Beasley said the doctors don’t think the treatment will hinder his work, at least not physically. The port may limit his movement while on the field instructing players, but he’s not overly concerned with that.
“I can still be visual in my teaching as well,” he said. “I can still be the eyes, making sure we’re paying attention to detail. Watching every single guy.”
Rangers medical director Jamie Reed will transport Beasley to and from his treatments at the Arizona Center for Cancer Care.
The club, doctors and Beasley all agreed staying engaged with the team will be good for him during his treatment.
“When I’m out here it’s not even a thought,” he said. “You get so focused on doing stuff and watching certain guys and reevaluating talent. There’s a philosophy involved and what we need to accomplish and that takes me away from what’s going on.”
Banister, who has known Beasley since the early 1990s when they were both in the Pirates organization, said he’ll treat Beasley as a good friend first.
“This is the new normal for Tony for a while,” he said. “My role is going to be the same it has been for quite some time. We’re friends first, we then have a manager coach relationship. If he needs somebody to challenge him mentally because of where he’s at I hope I’m aware enough to be able to do that. And then on the other side, be a friend. I told him his job is to put his fist up and fight and let us carry some of the load for him.”