Ron Darling's Thyroid Cancer 'Stabilized'; Cleared for Return to Mets Broadcasts

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistJune 3, 2019

TORONTO, ON - JULY 4: Manager John Gibbons #5 (R) of the Toronto Blue Jays talks to former teammate and current television commentator Ron Darling before the start of MLB game action against the New York Mets at Rogers Centre on July 4, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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MLB broadcaster Ron Darling released a statement Monday saying his thyroid cancer has "stabilized" and that he plans to return to calling New York Mets games.

"My doctors have informed me that my thyroid cancer has been stabilized for now and that I have been cleared to return to work,” Darling said in a statement. “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 was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in May. He said at the time that doctors felt he would likely be able to return to work within a month.

SNY had replaced Darling with Todd Ziele, who will return to his role as a studio analyst.

Darling works as a color commentator for TBS, SNY, WPIX and regularly appears on MLB Network. He previously pitched 13 seasons for the Mets, Montreal Expos and Oakland Athletics, compiling a 136–116 record. Darling was part of the 1986 World Series-winning Mets team.

In addition to his work in broadcasting, Darling has also authored three books.