Texans safety Hal diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma

Houston Texans safety eagles_335 has been diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma, the team announced Friday.

Hal, 26, is undergoing further testing and evaluation at the MD Anderson Cancer Center after he was given a preliminary diagnosis from the Texans’ team physician.

Hal’s teammate, David Quessenberry, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin T-lymphoblastic lymphoma in 2014, but played in his first NFL game last season.

It was just a matter of letting it kind of heal,” said Betts, whose return was quicker than many had anticipated. We’ll see how I feel after the game today and go from there.”

Betts, who batted leadoff Monday, leads the majors in batting average (.359), on-base percentage (.437), slugging percentage (.750), and OPS (1.187).

Betts also has 17 home runs and 37 RBIs in 48 games.

Without Betts in the lineup, the Red Sox have averaged 4.5 runs a game, down almost a run from their average with him in the lineup.

We talked about it yesterday, me and Mook,” said Red Sox manager Alex Cora. He feels comfortable that he can compete at this level, the way he is right now. He’s healthy and we agreed to it.”

Shortstop Manny Machado was not in the Orioles lineup Monday.

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