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“You heard the word ‘cancer’ and it’s a very tough word, but right now everything’s so advanced that he’s probably going to be all right,” Oliva said in a phone interview. “The doctors do a great, great job.”

Oliva saw Killebrew in September for the team’s 50th season celebration that honored the franchise’s best.

“He was looking fine, in beautiful shape,” Oliva said. “He looked like he was in better shape than when he played.”

Added Oliva: “Everybody’s pulling for him. Our prayers are going to be with him and his family.”