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Berry undergoing cancer treatment; visits clubhouse

Berry undergoing cancer treatment; visits clubhouse

CINCINNATI -- Reds third-base coach Mark Berry visited the clubhouse on Tuesday afternoon for the first time in a couple of weeks. Berry has been undergoing treatment for throat cancer, which was diagnosed last month.

Being treated at University Hospital, Berry is three weeks into a seven-week program of chemotherapy and radiation. Bench coach Chris Speier has been in his place on the coaching line at third base while Miguel Cairo has served as bench coach, which was to be Berry's role if he could have remained on the job during treatment.

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"He's not looking as good as he's feeling," Reds manager Dusty Baker said of Berry. "The chemo affects people in different ways. He's not close to [returning to] the bench. We're just happy he has the energy to come around.

"Hopefully in a month when it's over with, he'll be fine. In the meantime, we're lucky we have Miggy, and Chris Speier at third base."

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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