Astros recognize breast cancer survivor

Rodgers named Honorary Bat Girl, throws out first pitch Sunday

HOUSTON -- As part of Major League Baseball's Honorary Bat Girl initiative, the Astros recognized breast cancer survivor Donna Rodgers of Mississippi on Sunday afternoon at Minute Maid Park. She also threw out a ceremonial first pitch.

"I think it's a great awareness program that they've started," said Rodgers, who has been in remission four years. "When I was diagnosed with cancer, I wasn't even thinking about breast cancer because I really never heard anything about it. Now that I've been diagnosed, I can make other people aware through information that I find out.

"I'm so pleased that Major League Baseball, being so worldwide, that they were able to have these campaigns so they could get the awareness out to people."

Rodgers, 51, was diagnosed in April 2011. She went through three years of surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation. Rodgers said she had scans two weeks ago and that everything turned out fine.

Richard Dean is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.