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Arizona Diamondbacks Inside Pitch 2008-05-10

Arizona Diamondbacks Inside Pitch 2008-05-10
As left-hander Doug Davis prepares to make his rehab start, he can return to baseball safe in the knowledge that his thyroid cancer appears behind him.

A nuclear CT scan Thursday morning determined that Davis' cancer had not spread to other parts of his body, and that he was virtually cancer-free.

"I shook Dr. (Bob) Evani's hand and told him what a great doctor he was. I was grateful," Davis said. "I hugged my fiancee and we got out of there. Nobody wants to stay in a doctor's office more than they have to."

Evani performed the April 10 surgery to remove Davis' cancerous thyroid. Davis was given a radioactive iodine treatment April 29 designed to eradicate any remaining bits of cancer, a process that will take six months.

"As far as I know, the cancer has not spread anywhere. The radioactive pill is killing it as we speak, for the next six months," Davis said.

After the Diamondbacks' season ends, Davis will receive another CT scan to gauge the results of the radioactive treatment.

"There was some thyroid left, because he is not going to get all of the thyroid" during the initial surgery, which requires scraping the cancerous cells out of the throat, Davis said.

"The more scraping you do, the more damage you can do to the surrounding areas in the throat. He scraped as much as he could, and the radioactive pill will get the rest."

Davis is on thyroid medication and will be given a blood test in three weeks to make sure the dose is right.

Davis, 1-1 with a 3.72 ERA in the two starts he made before the surgery, is scheduled to start for Class AAA Tucson against Memphis Saturday. He is to make another start May 15, at which point he could return to the Arizona rotation.

CUBS 3, DIAMONDBACKS 1: The D-backs got only three hits off Ted Lilly and two relievers, scoring only on Chris Young's home run with two outs in the first inning, to waste a strong outing by Dan Haren. Lilly struck out 10 and drove in the tying run on a two-out single in the fifth, after an intentional walk to Reed Johnson, before Alfonso Soriano doubled in the go-ahead run. "If Johnson gets a hit there, I feel worse than this outcome. You have to let the pitcher beat you," manager Bob Melvin said.

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Added: May 10, 2008

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