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Mike Schmidt Dealing with Undisclosed Illness

Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt is dealing with an undisclosed health issue and will not be a guest instructor for the Philadelphia Phillies at spring training this year.

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Mike Schmidt (Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Pepsi Max)

Schmidt still plans to visit camp in the middle of March, the team says in a statement. However, the former third baseman won’t serve as an instructor for the first time in more than a decade so he can “remain near his doctors.”

The team says Schmidt 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.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved)

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