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Sandy Alderson takes leave of absence due to health concern

John Ricco, J.P. Ricciardi, and Omar Minaya will share the role while he’s away from the team.

MLB: New York Yankees at New York Mets Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Mets’ general manager Sandy Alderson will be taking an immediate leave of absence from the team to do a “recurrence of cancer.” Alderson will not have decision making ability during his leave, and GM duties will be shared by John Ricco. J.P. Riccardi and Omar Minaya.

The 70-year-old Alderson was diagnosed with a treatable, but unknown, form of cancer in December of 2015. Little information was given to the press as to the type of cancer or its prognosis. Alderson said, “my health is an uncertainty going forward. Based on the merits, I’m not sure if coming back is warranted.”

Alserson has been the general manager of the Mets since 2010, when he replaced Minaya, and he led the team to a World Series appearance in 2015 against the Royals. Unlike during his last leave of absence, Alderson will have limited say in the day-to-day operations of the Mets during his treatment.

We wish Alderson the best during his treatments and wish him a speedy recovery.