ATLANTA (AP) - Alabama coach Mitch Gaspard says David Kindred
will spend the next few days with his teammates despite pending
treatments for Hodgkins lymphoma.
Kindred, a junior outfielder and designated hitter, was
diagnosed last week with Hodgkins, a form of cancer. He spoke to
the team Wednesday in Tuscaloosa before riding on the Crimson
Tide's bus to Atlanta.
Alabama will play Elon in a first-round NCAA tournament game on
Friday at Georgia Tech.
Gaspard says Kindred's message was "I'm going to be fine."
Kindred did not speak to the media, but Gaspard says Kindred will
start treatments next week and "didn't want to be a distraction"
for the team."
The Tide will write Kindred's jersey No. 13 on their hats.
He hit .314 with three homers and 18 RBIs this season.
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