Todd Pratt reveals he's also been battling cancer

Todd Pratt reveals he's also been battling cancer

August 4, 2013, 10:15 pm
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Former Phillies catcher Todd Pratt was at Citizens Bank Park for Alumni Weekend and revealed Sunday night that he, too, has been battling cancer.

Pratt told Comcast SportsNet's Leslie Gudel he discovered a lump while shaving around the time of last year's Alumni Weekend and was later diagnosed with head and neck cancer.

"I went through treatment this last spring and it was the toughest thing in my life I've ever been through," he said. "It was really some trial and tribulation there.

"Everything's great now, and it was actually a blessing. I got in great shape and my blood pressure is down and I'm a healthy guy again.

"I have a good story, and I really shared that with Dutch the last couple days."

Dutch, of course, is former Phillies catcher Darren Daulton, who has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer called glioblastoma and underwent surgery last month on a pair of brain tumors (see story).

Pratt and Daulton were part of the same Phillies roster from 1992-94.

"Me and Darren have always been close," Pratt said. "I learned so much from him and I think he learned some stuff from me when I backed him up.

"Like I said, I've expressed my experiences to him the last couple days. We sat down and kind of had some private time, and we're all praying for Darren.

"We've got his back. If Darren ever needs it, he knows he's got 25 guys, 24 guys that are going to be right there for him."

Pratt spent eight of his 14 major-league seasons with the Phillies in two different stints, from 1992-94 and 2001-05. He spent six of those years playing at Veterans Stadium.

Pratt and Daulton are the latest Phillies who once played at the Vet and were later diagnosed with cancer, prompting recent speculation about what kind of effect the the stadium or its turf may have had.

Former Phillies Tug McGraw, John Vukovich and Johnny Oates all lost their lives to brain cancer within the last decade.

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