SAN DIEGO – More than three weeks after his first medical license of his transmission work, Ron Darling announced on Monday that he was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. The former Mets pitcher professed the hope of overcoming this diagnosis and returning to work shortly.
"My doctors have said they are optimistic that the cancer can be treated and would talk about baseball on air in the next month," Darling, who underwent a procedure to remove a mbad from his chest, as well as other tests. . He said in a statement published by his publicist. "I would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support."
On April 13, Darling announced during a Mets broadcast by SNY, which also works for TBS and the MLB Network, he would temporarily leave his publications to address his medical concerns.
The news shook the world of baseball not only because of its severity, but also because Darling had found himself in the legal water after his 1986 Mets partner, Lenny Dykstra, sued him for a story published in a new book, " 108 points ", which Dykstra alleges. mocked Red Sox starter Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd with racist language during that year's World Series.
On April 16, Darling's SNY transmission partner, Gary Cohen, announced on the air that Darling's surgery had been "successful." There was no more news until Monday.
My heart is with Ron Darling. I know that Ron will overcome this insidious disease. I am encouraged to know that your doctors are very optimistic for a full recovery. I will stop at my church this day and light a candle for Ron and his whole family. I look forward to the return of RJ
– Keith Hernández (@keithhernandez) May 6, 2019
"We were all on pins and needles for a while, because the procedure was almost three weeks ago," said Howie Rose, the longtime Mets station that now invokes games at 880 WCBS AM, said Monday before The Mets open a series with the Padres at Petco Park. "We were … respecting the privacy of him and his family, but really, waiting to see what was going on, obviously, it's not the best news we could have heard, but at the same time, I've met a couple of people who They have had thyroid cancer and they are fine. "
Keith Hernandez, Darling and Cohen's broadcasting partner on television, wrote on Twitter: "My heart is with Ron Darling, I know Ron will conquer this insidious disease, I am encouraged to know that his doctors are very optimistic for a complete recovery. I will stop at my church this day and light a candle for Ron and his family, and I look forward to the return of RJ. "
Mets owners Fred and Jeff Wilpon and Saul Katz said in a statement: "Upon receiving today's update on Ron's prognosis, we feel comfortable knowing that his condition is treatable and we hope to see him in the air soon." .
Mets manager Mickey Callaway, who met Darling during the 2016 postseason when Callaway worked as the Indians pitching coach and Darling badyzed the games for TBS, said: "Obviously [it’s] great news. It seems that it will be quite treatable. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family and we are eager to put you back in the cabin. I'm sure the fans miss him. "