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Mike Schmidt dealing with undisclosed illness, will miss much of Phillies spring training

PHILADELPHIA - Hall of Fame baseball player Mike Schmidt is dealing with an undisclosed health issue and will not be a guest instructor for the Philadelphia Phillies at spring training in Florida this year.

Schmidt, 64, still plans to visit camp in the middle of March, the team said in a statement, however, the former third baseman won't serve as an instructor for the first time in more than decade so he can "remain near his doctors."

The team said Schmidt, who made his professional baseball debut in Reading in 1971, also plans to visit Philadelphia throughout the summer.

The Phillies announced Wednesday that recently retired two-time Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay, former closer Brad Lidge, Dave Hollins, Gary Matthews and Larry Anderson will be guest instructors this spring.

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