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Former major league pitcher Rick Sutcliffe has been diagnosed with colon cancer.

A routine test during a physical revealed that Sutcliffe has a treatable and curable form of the disease. He will undergo chemotherapy and surgery over the next few months and is hoping to make a healthy comeback to his position as an ESPN baseball analyst later this year.

"I deeply appreciate the support of the ESPN family and my family and friends around the country," Sutcliffe said.

Sutcliffe, a three-time All-Star and the 1984 National League Cy Young winner with the Chicago Cubs, played in parts of 18 big league seasons, compiling a 171-139 record with a 4.08 earned run average in stints with the Dodgers, Cleveland, Chicago Cubs, Baltimore and St. Louis.

"Rick is an integral member of our baseball team and we wish him a full recovery," said Tim Scanlan, ESPN vice president, event production. "We will keep him and his family in our thoughts and prayers."

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