Mark Lerner has been noticeably absent from Nationals games this season, and now we know why.In a letter to theThe Washington Post, Lerner said he has been battling Addison Reed Jersey
cancer, which was located in his now-amputated left leg.While Lerner is now cancer-free, he had to have his leg removed in the proce s."With my doctors and medical team, we decided that amputation of that leg was my best choice to maintain the active and busy lifestyle that I have always enjoyed," Lerner wrote in his letter. "The limb was removed in early August and Im healing well, cancer-free, and looking forward to my eventual new prosthetic."Lerner said the cancer, a rare type called spindle cell sarcoma,was discovered above the knee in January. He said he completed radiation therapy in March and had surgery to remove the last of the cancer Jackie Robinson Jersey
, but the radiation resulted in him not being able to heal from the surgery.As a result, he and the doctors decided amputation was the best option.Lerner is one Max Kepler Jersey
of the few owners who is front and center during games. His seat is normally right by the Nationals' dugout. Buthe has only appeared a small handful of times this season, with his last appearance on July 30.Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said the team noticed Lerner's absence, but it wasn't until a senior staff meeting Wednesday and a players' meeting Thursday that the organization learned about Lerner's cancer battle."Its been difficult to explain to players, to staff Harmon Killebrew Jersey
, to everybody," Rizzo said. "They want to be private about it, and thats their right. But his absence was noticed. Not having him in the draft room; hes always in the draft room. Not having him at the trade deadline, when youre talking to Mr. Lerner and the group 20 times a day."I know they were keeping him abreast, and he had other things on his mind, but I mi sed him. It was sad. I was bummed out about it."According to Lerner, the amputation won't limit his role as a principal owner. A time table hasn't been set, but he said he fully expects to continue his duties when he gets Kyle Gibson Jersey
fitted and adjusted to a prosthetic leg.