In some fantastic news, Ron Darling’s thyroid cancer has been stabilized, and doctors have cleared him to return to work. In a statement released earlier today, Darling relayed the good news, a little over six weeks after he announced his leave of absence during an SNY telecast and less than one month after he shared his cancer diagnosis via Twitter. The former New York Mets pitcher and current analyst for SNY will return to the booth for Tuesday night’s game against the San Francisco Giants.
A full statement from Darling reads:
My doctors have informed me that my thyroid cancer has been stabilized for now and that I have been cleared to return to work. The doctors will continue to closely monitor me over the next several months to assure my progress remains on the right track. I look forward to rejoining my partners Gary and Keith in the SNY booth to call tomorrow night’s Mets vs. San Francisco Giants game at Citi Field.
Darling, who has worked alongside Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez calling Mets games on SNY since 2006, announced during the team’s April 13th broadcast that he would be taking a leave of absence after tests revealed a large mass on his chest. Following surgery to remove the mass and further tests, Darling shared the diagnosis in an official statement before adding that doctors believed he could return to the booth in about a month if there were no complications. In Darling’s absence, former Mets first baseman Todd Zeile filled in for several games.
We at Amazin’ Avenue continue to wish Darling good health. Welcome back, Ron!