Mets analyst Darling: Surgery set for 'large mass' in chest

Former New York Mets player Ron Darling greets fans before a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Mets Saturday

Former New York Mets player Ron Darling greets fans before a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Mets Saturday

Mets broadcaster Ron Darling will take a leave of absence from SNY broadcasts to undergo surgery, he announced on Saturday night.

The former pitcher was sued this month by former Mets teammate Lenny Dykstra over a passage in Darling's new book that accused the outfielder of directing racist comments toward Boston starter Oil Can Boyd during the 1986 World Series.

Darling was on-air calling the New York Mets-Atlanta Braves game when he shared the news, saying he hadn't been feeling well lately and went in for tests that discovered the mass. "I'm looking forward to being back in the booth with our crew and my friends Gary and Keith as soon as I can".

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Former Mets player Todd Zeile, who is now a studio analyst for the Mets, will fill in for Darling.

"My health is the top priority right now for my family and I", said Darling said. "The doctors have told him that if there are no complications he should be back in the booth alongside Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez next month". He pitched for the Mets for eight-plus seasons during his major league career and won the 1986 World Series with NY.

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