Milestone day for Minor League coach LeBoeuf

LeBoeufI wanted to pass along some terrific news from Brewers Minor League coach Al LeBoeuf, who shared his story of perseverance with MLB.com earlier in camp and achieved a personal milestone on Wednesday morning. Struck by a form of blood cancer last year that caused his legs to go numb from the knees down, LeBoeuf walked from his hotel room to the elevator to the lobby on only one crutch.

“That was my goal and I actually did it today for the first time, and I was really excited,” LeBoeuf said. “I know some people have said I’ve been an inspiration to them, but believe me when I tell you, they’ve been an inspiration to me.”

LeBoeuf will take a leave of absence at the start of the season to undergo a stem cell transplant, a previously-planned procedure that is part of his road to recovery. He is aiming to be back on the field by July.

Brewers general manager Doug Melvin extended a kind gesture on Wednesday, offering to send LeBoeuf and his wife on a weekend vacation once LeBoeuf is feeling well enough. He may time that trip to coincide with some Brewers games.

If you want to read the original story about LeBoeuf’s trying year, click here.

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