3B coach Tony Beasley rejoins Rangers after cancer diagnosis

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Texas Rangers third-base coach Tony Beasley rejoined the team Sunday after being diagnosed with Stage II rectal cancer, and he pronounced himself optimistic that he will make a full recovery.

Beasley told reporters that he will soon undergo four rounds of chemotherapy at two-week intervals. At the end of the cycle, doctors will determine whether he needs additional chemotherapy and possibly radiation or surgery.

"We feel good about catching it in time,'' Beasley said. "I'm a Christian man. I'm a strong man of faith. My belief is through my faith in God, I'm already delivered from this. I just need to go through the process.

"I can look at this as an obstacle and be defeated by it, but I choose to look at this as an opportunity. I'm a man of faith and I wanted to be consistent in my faith. When things are good, it's easy. Now I'm in the midst of a storm. I have a true opportunity to exemplify faith and consistency. I want to be consistent in who I say I am. I believe I'll get through this.''

Beasley, 49, spent nine seasons as a minor league infielder with the Baltimore and Pittsburgh organizations from 1989 to 1998. Before joining the Rangers in November 2014, he was a coach with the Washington Nationals and the Pirates.

Although Beasley had some health issues last season, his cancer wasn't detected until a recent colonoscopy. He said Rangers general manager Jon Daniels and manager Jeff Banister have given him the freedom to return to work full time at his own pace.

"I've never been through a chemo treatment, so I have no idea how my body is going to respond,'' Beasley said. "As far as my duties, we'll just have to take that one day at a time right now.''

Beasley, who has been receiving treatment at the University of Texas' MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, opted to join the Rangers in spring training because he thought he would benefit from the daily routine and the emotional support in spring training. He said he's been "overwhelmed'' by the outpouring of support he has received from former players, coaches and other friends in the game.

"This is a good outlet mentally,'' Beasley said. "I could have easily done this at home, but I would have had too much down time in between treatments. Half of this battle is mental. I'll be busy here every day. I'll have other things to think about. There's so much to keep my mind occupied here. This is good therapy for me.''