Padres 3B coach Matt Williams will undergo surgery for colon cancer

Matt Williams
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Padres third base coach Matt Williams met with reporters on Wednesday, just one day before Opening Day, and said that he would need to undergo surgery for colon cancer. "They scheduled all the tests, and found the mass. I don't have any symptoms, I don't have any issues, they're going to continue to work, but at this point it's important to get it out there, so that's the plan for Friday. We'll see how it goes from there. The initial scans were positive, in that, on the initial CAT scan, they didn't see any spread anywhere else, so we'll see where it goes from here."

Williams said he found out about this news about three weeks ago, and will have surgery on Friday afternoon to remove the mass. Williams said he will need to step away from the team for a little while, but wasn't certain how long. That amount of time will depend on how the surgery goes on Friday. Mike Shildt will take over as third base coach while Williams is away from the team.

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