"To see where he was when he was re-diagnosed, it was hard for us, because he was a big part of our team," manager Bud Black said. "To see him go through what he has had to go through, and to see him work his butt off - a guy who had chemotherapy, and how that feels - to where he is now, what a great story for all of us. It has been just wonderful to watch."
"We're all extremely excited to have him back in a big league uniform," Black said. "He has been through a lot in the past nine or 10 months. It's a great comeback for a guy who is a tremendous human being."