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Ohio State Athletics | May 1, 2014

Buckeyes' Farmer diagnosed with leukemia

Zach Farmer Freshman pitcher Zach Farmer had made nine starts for the Buckeyes this season.

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State freshman pitcher Zach Farmer will miss the remainder of the 2014 season after being diagnosed this week with acute myeloid leukemia, according to Buckeyes head baseball coach Greg Beals.

"Zach had not been feeling good for approximately a week when he went to see our team doctors on Monday," Beals said. "Blood tests were drawn as doctors originally suspected mono. The tests came back negative for mono, but abnormalities in the blood count showed leukemia. Further blood tests were done to led us to this diagnosis."

Farmer, a lefthanded starter from Piketon, had a 6-4 record with a 3.28 ERA in nine starts this season. In 49.1 innings, Farmer had held opponents to a .234 batting average. While at Piketon High, Farmer was a four-year letterwinner and three-time first team All-Ohio selection. He went 10-1 with a 0.52 ERA and 162 strikeouts in 81 innings as a senior.

Beals said the family was made aware of the diagonsis earlier in the week and the team was informed on Tuesday prior to their team to Louisville. Farmer is scheduled to begin treatments at the James Cancer Hospital on the Ohio State campus next week.

"Zach is in very good hands," Beals said. "I met with Zack this morning and he is in good spirits, and in the company of family, friends and teammates. Zach is strong and otherwise healthy, and is a great candidate to otherwise beat this diagnosis. An aggressive treatment regimen will start Monday."

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