Update on Paul Bargas

MINNEAPOLIS — The Twins released a statement on Minor League left-hander Paul Bargas, who was diagnosed with brain cancer during Spring Training.

Bargas, 22, who was acquired in an offseason trade with the Rockies for catcher Jose Morales, is currently undergoing chemotherapy. Twins general Bill Smith released this official statement with the permission of Bargas’ wife Victoria:

“Paul Bargas reported to the Twins Spring Training in Fort Myers in March. The following morning, during the course of his physical examination, he complained of severe headaches and exhibited significant disorientation. He was taken to Gulf Coast Hospital in Fort Myers where he remained for approximately one week. Paul was subsequently released and returned to his home in California for further examination. Following extensive evaluation at the UCLA Medical Center, Paul was diagnosed with Primary Central Nervous System Lymphoma.

“He is undergoing several series of chemotherapy that will span over 3–4 months. Paul was admitted into the UCLA Medical Center this week to complete his second round of chemotherapy.

“Paul was just acquired during the off-season, and has only been a member of the Twins organization for a few months, but has shown great passion for the game of baseball and impressed everyone he met in this organization. We continue to monitor his progress and wish him great success in his recovery.”

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