"After the removal of the mass on my chest along with further tests, I have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer. My doctors have said they are optimistic that the cancer is treatable and that I would be back on air talking baseball in the next month or so. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank everybody for their continued support."
Darling has served as a Mets color commentator since 2006, pairing with Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez on SNY.
keith Hernandez @keithhernandez
My heart goes out to Ron Darling. I know that Ron will beat this insidious disease. I’m heartened to hear that his doctors are very optimistic for a full recovery. I will stop at my church this day and light a candle for Ron and his entire family. I look forward to RJ’s return
He also does national broadcasts for TBS and serves as an offseason analyst for the MLB Network.
He's been on a medical leave of absence from the broadcasting booth since mid-April to have surgery on the mass in his chest.
Darling, 58, spent 13 seasons as an MLB starting pitcher, playing for the Mets (1983-91), Montreal Expos (1991) and Oakland Athletics (1991-95). He was 136-116 in his career with a 3.87 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 1,590 strikeouts in 2,360.1 innings.
He was an All-Star in 1985, a Gold Glove winner in 1989 and won a World Series with the Mets in 1986.