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Torre Released From Hospital

March 22, 1999

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ Joe Torre’s cancer was limited to his prostate gland and there is no trace of the disease in the lymph nodes of the New York Yankees manager, according to pathology reports.

Torre was released from Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis on Sunday and the Yankees said he will undergo tests in about a month to determine if any further treatment is necessary.

Torre had surgery Thursday. Dr. William Catalona, who performed the procedure, said patients normally need 6-to-12 weeks recovery time before returning to work.

General manager Brian Cashman said he spoke with Torre about baseball matters three or four times on Saturday, and Cashman said Torre will be consulted on roster cuts.

Interim manager Don Zimmer spoke with Torre at 6:30 a.m. Sunday and said his boss sounded ``outstanding.″

``That’s 5:30 his time,″ Zimmer said. ``He said, `You can’t get any rest in the hospital. Every hour and a half they come in with your thermometer or take your blood pressure.′ ″

Torre was released at about noon Sunday, a day or two earlier than expected, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Torre was pleased with the hospital care, but he was anxious to be released, said family friend Jeff Wehling, who lives in St. Louis.

``Dr. Catalona said because Joe was in excellent health, he was recovering better than most men. So he decided to let him go home early,″ Wehling said.

Torre will head to Florida to recuperate, according to Wehling.

``He wants to be near the team, but he also thought it would be better to be there because the weather is much warmer than in New York, and he can get out and do his walking,″ Wehling said.

Yankees minor league catcher Jaime Torres could return in approximately six weeks following treatment for thyroid cancer. Cashman said the condition, which was detected last week, is not life or career threatening.

``It’s a very small spot on the thyroid,″ Cashman said. ``The prognosis is excellent.

Torres, 28, appeared in five spring training games and was assigned to the minor league camp on March 17. Torres spilt last season between Double-A Norwich and Triple-A Columbus.

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