Farmer Hoping To Return In 2016

Ohio State pitcher Zach Farmer is recovering from his battle with acute myeloid luekemia, and he hopes to return to the classroom next fall and to the baseball diamond for the 2016 campaign.

Zach Farmer has been cancer-free for about four months now, and the Ohio State pitcher continues to recover from his battle with acute myeloid leukemia.

Ohio State is in the midst of the Scarlet and Gray World Series to close out fall practice, and Farmer has stopped by a few times to visit with his teammates.

“It feels great being able to come out on this field again,” he said. “It’s just a great feeling being able to get out and see everybody and talk to everybody. It’s awesome.”

Farmer beat the cancer with chemotherapy treatments this summer and was able to find a match for a bone marrow donor. The bone marrow transplant took place in August and was successful. Farmer is still on immunosuppressant drugs and will have to keep using a picc line for the next one (best case) to three (worse case) months. He hopes to begin playing baseball next summer and resume his classes in fall of 2015.

From the moment Farmer was diagnosed, Ohio State coach Greg Beals made it clear that the pitcher would have a spot waiting for him in the 2016 season.

"First and foremost, what I wanted to reassure to him was that Ohio State baseball was going to be here and was going to stay here and his spot on this team was here," Beals said. "I didn’t want him worrying – like he’s going to as a competitor and as a baseball player – about what this meant. I wanted him to concentrate on fighting the fight that he has at hand. I didn’t want him worrying about Ohio State baseball and where that might be and where his status stood. I wanted to ensure him that when he was done fighting this fight with leukemia that he had a spot back on this team and that we’re very much looking forward to that day."


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