Alderson: Surgery 'fantastically successful'

Mets GM encouraged after pre-planned procedure, 'still on a road to full recovery' in battle with cancer

Alderson: Surgery 'fantastically successful'

NEW YORK -- Mets general manager Sandy Alderson was in good spirits about his own health on Tuesday, six days after undergoing surgery in his fight with cancer.

Alderson, who was diagnosed with cancer only days after his team clinched the National League East last September, said the surgery was pre-planned, and he termed it "fantastically successful."

"The doctors were able to do everything they hoped to do, and avoid everything they hoped to avoid," Alderson said. "From where we were to where we are today, I'm still on a road to full recovery. I'm not running a four-minute mile at the moment, and my mouth is still dry from time to time, but that's what happens when you have surgery."

Alderson has been working a somewhat-reduced schedule, but he said he expects to be at Citi Field for some part of virtually every day. He said he remains in close contact with Mets ownership and with the other members of his baseball operations team.

Alderson had been undergoing chemotherapy, which he also termed "very successful." He said his doctors haven't discussed any further chemotherapy or surgery at this point.

Alderson hasn't said what form of cancer he has, and he declined to discuss it Tuesday.

"We've all known someone who has had to fight a fight," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "I've never been around anyone who has fought it better. This guy absolutely never lets his condition stand in the way of anything he does. We know he's not feeling well, and yet that's never been in the way.

"I've never been around somebody stronger, that's ever been through something like this -- ever."

Danny Knobler is a contributor to MLB.com based in New York. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.