Beasley aims to be with Rangers in postseason

Beasley aims to be with Rangers in postseason

ARLINGTON -- Rangers coach Tony Beasley is back with the team this weekend and is hoping to be with them through the postseason as he completes his recovery from rectal cancer.

Beasley has been on limited duty since the beginning of Spring Training while undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments. He underwent surgery last month and will start one more round of chemotherapy on Monday in Arlington.

"The surgery went well," Beasley said. "The tumor has been reduced almost to scar tissue. They took out 27 lymph nodes, and only one was cancerous. They told me there is a very low percentage of recurrence."

Beasley will have four more chemotherapy treatments, one every two weeks. The treatments were optional, although doctors recommended he go through them.

"We've come this far, we are not going to take any shortcuts," he said.

Beasley was the Rangers' third-base coach last season but stepped down at the beginning of Spring Training so he could concentrate on his health. Spike Owen has been the third-base coach all season, although Beasley has been with the team when his schedule allows and has permission to be on the bench during games.

Beasley wants to attend all of the postseason home games; the Rangers will have home-field advantage through the World Series if they finish with the best record in the American League. He also wants to attend the away games if the treatments don't get in the way.

"I'm going to travel as much as I can," he said.

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.