Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, who threw out the first pitch before Sunday’s Buffalo Bisons’ game, said he’s feeling good after undergoing surgery to remove cancerous cells in his jaw.
Kelly had the left side of his jaw and the teeth on that side of his mouth removed during surgery on June 7 and was released from the hospital three days later. He’s lost 17 pounds since the surgery.
“As people know I’m not a very patient person and maybe that’s why I ran the no-huddle offense,” said Kelly during the Bisons’ 7-1 victory over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. “I’m doing all right. It takes time, the soreness is there and I have to keep remembering that it’s only a month ago since my surgery and I want things to be good one or two weeks but things don’t just work out that well.”
Kelly said he has a CT scan in August to make sure the cancer hasn’t returned and has follow-up visits every two months.
“Just like anything I want it to be well now instead of waiting and waiting and waiting,” he said. “I’ve never been through anything like this before. I’ve had back surgery, I’ve had neck surgery, I’ve had all my issues and you know that’s going to take time, but I’ve never had it where they completely take the whole left side of your face out from the interior. It’s going to take time.”
Kelly said he’s getting rest although he was quite active during his recent football camp that he’s run for the last 26 years.
“I paid the price, trust me, at night time I paid it but it was so much fun,” he said. “The toughest part for me is not working out. I like feeling good, I like to lift and I really can’t do that right now. Overall, I feel pretty good.”
Looks like Alex Rodriguez was slated to play in Buffalo after all.
Rodriguez apparently was told by the Yankees to be in Buffalo Saturday night but refused the assignment after citing pain in his legs. The New York Post initially reported on how A-Rod didn’t show up for a Class A game Friday in Tampa after meeting with MLB investigators about Biogenesis. The Daily News said the Yankees third baseman may be working on a plea deal with MLB.
Asked about turning down the trip to Buffalo, Rodriguez told reporters in Tampa, “This is news to me.”
He was in the lineup Sunday at DH for the Tampa Yankees.
The Bisons issued a statement at the start of Sunday’s game regarding the absence of about 200 seats from the right-field club level in Sections 214 and 216.
“We noticed some failure in the caulking joints of the concrete in Section 214 that has caused some minor leaks,” the statement said. “The structure is sound and the replacement of the joints represent preventative maintenance that had to be done at this time.”
The seats will be returned to their location when the work is complete. There are no season tickets in that area, so no fans had to be relocated.
There’s no rest for International League All-Stars Jim Negrych and Mauro Gomez, who are the Herd representatives and starters for the 26th Annual Triple-A All-Star Game in Reno, Nev. Gomez, who didn’t play on Sunday, is competing in today’s Triple-A Home Run Derby.
This is the second All-Star nod for Negrych, the Buffalo native and St. Francis product who represented Syracuse last season. He received the added treat of playing in front of his hometown during last year’s game at Coca-Cola Field.
“Last year was nice and being able to come home was exciting and I doubt that I’ll have another minor league all-star experience that will match it,” Negrych said. “But this time I’ll get to wear the city on the front of my chest and represent Buffalo.”
The Bisons are just 4-7 now against the RailRiders, one of their IL North rivals. With one more loss, the Herd won’t be able to pick up the season series victory in the 16-game matchup. The last time Buffalo earned the series win was 2005 (9-7). Since the ’06 season, the Bisons are just 47-75 against Scranton. … Catcher Mike Nickeas, who was activated off the temporary inactive list prior to Saturday’s game, returned to the lineup on Sunday.