Brewers bullpen coach Stan Kyles will leave the team on Friday to undergo prostate surgery near his home in Spartanburg, S.C.
Kyles, 49, was diagnosed with prostate cancer following a physical exam in Spring Training. He is expected to be away from the team for the next 4-6 weeks, and Class A Brevard County pitching coach Fred Dabney was promoted to the Brewers on an interim basis to fill Kyles’ vacancy in the bullpen.
The Brewers named Kyles bullpen coach in November 2008 but he has been in the organization since 2001 and has served as a pitching coach at the Class A, Double-A and Triple-A levels. Kyles is one of nine brothers and sisters and he and his wife, Monica, have a son named Marques.
Prostate cancer strikes one in six men. Since 1997, Major League Baseball and the Players Association have partnered with the Prostate Cancer Foundation for the Home Run Challenge, which has raised more than $31 million for research. During Father’s Day week each season, MLB teams raise money from fans and sponsors who make a pledge for each home run hit during 60 selected games played, including selected games on Father’s Day. Players wear powder blue wristbands and managers use special blue lineup cards to commemorate the day.
This year, Father’s Day is Sunday, June 20, when the Brewers are scheduled to finish a three-game series at Colorado.
The most famous baseball figure to have battled the disease may be Dodgers manager Joe Torre, who was diagnosed with an aggressive form of prostate cancer in 1999 after a test in Spring Training. Torre underwent surgery and has been a spokesperson for cancer screenings ever since.