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Twins Minor Leaguer Paul Bargas passes away

MINNEAPOLIS — Twins Minor League pitcher Paul Bargas passed away Tuesday night after battling a rare form of brain cancer. He was 23.

Bargas, who was acquired by the Twins in a trade with the Rockies before the 2011 season, began experiencing headaches that offseason but still reported to Fort Myers, Fla. for Spring Training in March. But he complained of severe headaches and disorientation upon his arrival and was eventually diagnosed with Primary Central Nervous System Lymphoma.

He battled the disease for more than a year, as he went through chemotherapy at UCLA Medical Center in California.

“He’s battled this thing off and on,” assistant general manager Rob Antony said. “He’s had some setbacks. I got a message from our scout John Leavitt on Monday that he had taken a turn for the worse. And I got the news last night he had passed away.

“But when we were in Anaheim on the last trip [in early May] John Leavitt, who did a great job keeping in touch with Paul and his family, and I went to UCLA Medical Center to see Paul. He hadn’t eaten in a few days but when we saw him he was in really good spirits. We were there for two hours. Every time we got up he kept saying, ‘I’m all right, I’m all right.”

Antony added that even though Bargas never threw a pitch for the Twins organization, he was still a part of the Twins family.

“The thing he talked about the most was, ‘I can’t believe you guys traded for me and I never played a game for you guys but you treat me like family,’” Antony said. “And I said, “You are the minute we draft you or trade for you.’ He was an unbelievable person. I’m serious. There was a never a ‘Why me?’ in him.”

A native of Perris, Calif., Bargas is survived by his wife, Victoria. The Twins will announce funeral arrangements once they become available.

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.”