Hall of Fame slugger Harmon Killebrew has been diagnosed with esophageal cancer and said he expects to make a full recovery from the "very serious" condition.
"With my wife, Nita, by my side, I have begun preparing for what is perhaps the most difficult battle of my life," Killebrew, 74, said in a statement released through the Minnesota Twins on Thursday.
Killebrew hit 573 home runs and made 11 All-Star appearances during his 22-year career, spent mostly with the Washington Senators and Twins. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1984.
Killebrew lives in the Phoenix area and said he is receiving treatment at the nearby Mayo Clinic.