Mets broadcaster Ron Darling to take leave of absence for health reasons

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New York Mets broadcaster Ron Darling will be taking a leave of absence from broadcasting duties due to health reasons.

Darling, who previously pitched for the Mets and is in his 14th season as an analyst for SportsNet New York, said he expects to be back in a month.

In a statement Darling said, “A series of tests revealed a large mass in my chest which will require surgery next week to remove. Doctors have told me if there are no complications I should be back on air talking baseball sometime next month.”

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Darling added, “I’ll kick its you-know-what, I’ll be back here ... I’m really reporting this for Keith [Hernandez] to know he’s going to have to do some extra games.”

Not related to the lawsuit

Earlier this month, former Mets pitcher Lenny Dykstra sued Darling for defamation and libel over claims that he hurled racist insults at Red Sox pitcher Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd during Game 3 of the 1986 World Series.

Darling insisted to friends that his leave of absence was unrelated to the lawsuit, per USA TODAY Sports.

The lawsuit is a result of a passage in Darling’s book “108 Stitches: Loose Threads, Ripping Yarns and the Darndest Characters from My Time in the Game,” in which Darling alleges that Dykstra yelled racial slurs at Boyd throughout the game.

In his book Darling wrote that Dykstra yelled, “every imaginable and unimaginable insult and expletive in [Oil Can’s] direction — foul, racist, hateful, hurtful stuff.”

Dykstra contends that “no such racist tirade ever occurred,” per the lawsuit.

Well wishes

Shortly after Darling made his announcement, well wishes started coming in.

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