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Jul 7, 2012 3:08 PM

Drafted Ariz. baseball player fighting leukemia

MESA, Ariz. (AP) - As a pitcher, Taylor Kaczmarek has a good enough fastball to get drafted by a major league baseball team last month.

But he's still coping with the curveball life has given him.

The 20-year-old Mesa resident was diagnosed with children's leukemia in late May.

He hopes to resume his baseball career now that he's been released as a patient from the Mayo Clinic in northeast Phoenix.

The East Valley Tribune reports that doctors have told Kaczmarek that by completing a series of intensive rounds of chemotherapy, the leukemia now is in remission.

He will undergo follow-up checkups the next five years to monitor his progress.

Kaczmarek who was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 40th round after playing for South Mountain Community College the last two years.

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