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Darling Has Large Mass On Chest, Will Take Leave From Broadcast Booth

April 14, 2019 - 3:44 pm


Mets great and TV analyst Ron Darling is taking a leave of absence to undergo surgery after doctors found a large mass on his chest. 

The 58-year-old released a statement Sunday that said: "Over the last couple of months, I have not been feeling well. A series of tests revealed a large mass on my chest which will require surgery next week to remove. The doctors have told me if there are no complications I should be back on the air talking baseball sometime next month. I would personally like to thank my family, friends and media partners for all their support during this difficult time."

Darling first confirmed his situation during Saturday night's Mets-Braves broadcast. 

Darling pitched 13 years in the majors -- nine for the Mets from 1983-91. He was a member of the team's 1986 World Series-winning team and an All-Star in 1985. After leaving the Mets, he played for the Montreal Expos and Oakland Athletics.

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The right-hander retired with a 136-116 record, 3.87 ERA and 1,590 strikeouts.

Darling has been in the headlines a lot in recent weeks after he alleged in his new book, "108 Stitches," that former teammate Lenny Dykstra unleashed a racist rant at Red Sox pitcher Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd before Game 3 of the '86 World Series. In response, Dykstra has filed a defamation lawsuit against Darling.