CLEARWATER, Fla. — Tug McGraw was diagnosed with brain cancer and doctors were trying to determine if they could operate, a source close to the former relief pitcher said Friday.
The doctors found at least two tumors, the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity. The diagnosis of cancer was confirmed by a second source close to McGraw, also on condition of anonymity.
"This reminds you how short life is," said Philadelphia Phillie Manager Larry Bowa, who would not give details of McGraw's condition. "He was in the clubhouse a couple days ago and now he's in intensive care."
McGraw and Bowa played together on Philadelphia's championship team in 1980.
McGraw, 58, was taken to Morton Plant Hospital on Wednesday night and underwent neurological tests, said team officials, who refused to disclose more details. The team said McGraw's family would provide additional information.