Nuxhall hospitalized in Florida

Nuxhall hospitalized in Florida

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Reds broadcasting legend and former pitcher Joe Nuxhall has been hospitalized again to battle an apparent return of lymphoma.

Nuxhall, who was in town for Reds Spring Training, was admitted earlier this week to Sarasota Memorial Hospital, complaining he had difficulty breathing. He is expected to undergo more tests in the coming days.

Marty Brennaman, the 78-year-old Nuxhall's longtime broadcast partner, spent 90 minutes visiting "The Ol' Lefthander" at the hospital on Friday.

"He has the same amazing outlook about this setback as he's had about every one of them," Brennaman said. "He doesn't leave open any possibility that he won't beat it, again."

Last summer, Nuxhall was hospitalized in Ohio with cancerous lymphoma on his tonsils and also battled through double pneumonia.

Nuxhall is beginning his 63rd year of association with the Reds organization as either a player or radio voice. He began calling games for Cincinnati and radio flagship WLW in 1967. In semi-retirement following the 2004 season, he was expected to call a handful of games on the radio this season.

Brennaman and Nuxhall were partnered on the air for 31 years and are a Cincinnati institution.

"He's as strong a guy as I've ever seen," Brennaman said. "His attitude is so good, it's ridiculous."

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.