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Phillies Hall of Famer Mke Schmidt recovering from skin cancer

CLEARWATER, Fla. - Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt is recovering from an advanced form of skin cancer that kept him from being a guest instructor with the Philadelphia Phillies in spring training.

The 64-year-old Schmidt was in camp Sunday to talk about his illness.

Schmidt was diagnosed in August with stage 3 melanoma. He has undergone two operations, radiation and chemotherapy. He says he now considers himself ``a very lucky man.''

Schmidt is scheduled for a scan Monday to see how his recovery has progressed.

The three-time National League MVP is set to join the Phillies' television crew to work 13 home Sunday games this season.

Schmidt had been a guest instructor at spring training for the Phillies the past 12 years.

He says he looks forward to returning to the role next season.

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