Houston Astros hitting coach Tom McCraw was diagnosed with prostate cancer the team said yesterday, and he will leave the team at the end of its current homestand on Sunday.
McCraw, 58, is in his third season with the Astros and has helped Houston to a National League-best .295 team batting average this year.
McCraw learned he might have cancer during a physical exam during spring training. A blood test revealed a high prostate-specific antigen level, which can indicate cancer. A biopsy revealed the disease.