Mets’ Darling di­ag­nosed with thy­roid cancer

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Mets an­nouncer Ron Darling said he has thy­roid cancer and hopes to re­turn to SNY’s broad­cast booth in about a month.

Darling is­sued a state­ment April 13 say­ing he planned to have surgery to re­move a large mass from his chest and hoped to re­turn to work in May. In a state­ment Mon­day, Darling said that af­ter the re­moval of the mass and ad­di­tional tests, the thy­roid cancer diagnosis was made.

“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,” he said.

Darling, a right-han­der, was 136-116 from 198395 and helped the Mets win the 1986 World Series.

No­table

An­gels: AL Rookie of the Year Sho­hei Oh­tani will join the An­gels in Detroit this week and could be set to make his sea­son de­but. The two-way star has been re­cov­er­ing from Tommy John surgery and isn’t ex­pected to pitch this year. But his swing is fine and Los An­ge­les intends to use Oh­tani as its des­ig­nated hit­ter. The 24-year-old hit .285 with 22 home runs last sea­son. Red Sox: LHP David Price went on the 10-day in­jured list with ten­dini­tis in his pitch­ing el­bow. Braves: Pitcher Kevin Gaus­man has been sus­pended for five games and fined for throw­ing a fast­ball be­hind Mi­ami pitcher Jose Urena last week.

Gaus­man ap­pealed, and can play un­til a rul­ing.

Dodgers: Out­fielder A.J. Pol­lock will be out at least six weeks af­ter surgery to clear up an in­fec­tion in his el­bow. Mets: New York ob­tained right-han­der Wilmer Font from the Tampa Bay Rays for a player to be named or cash.

White Sox: Chicago re­in­stated RHP Ryan Burr from the 10-day IL, pur­chased the con­tract of out­fielder Char­lie Til­son from Triple-A Char­lotte, and trans­ferred RHP Nate Jones to the 60-day IL.

Yan­kees: Out­fielder Clint Fra­zier re­turned from the 10-day IL.

Highlights

Reds 12, Gi­ants 4: Nick Sen­zel hit a lead­off homer af­ter a swarm of bees fi­nally left home plate, and the rookie con­nected again his next time up, lead­ing host Cincin­nati in a wild game in­cluded a record-ty­ing four Reds get­ting plunked in one in­ning.

Yan­kees 7, Mariners 3: The Yan­kees pounced on Felix Hernandez, build­ing a big cush­ion for CC Sa­bathia in a NYC showdown of ac­claimed vet­er­ans.

White Sox 9, In­di­ans 1: Yoan Mon­cada had a two-run homer and four RBIs for vis­it­ing Chicago. Ori­oles 4, Red Sox 1: Jonathan Vil­lar hit a grand slam for host Bla­ti­more and John Means shack­led Bos­ton’s tor­rid of­fense over seven in­nings..

Twins 8, Blue Jays 0: Martin Perez and two re­liev­ers com­bined on a three-hit­ter and Ed­die Rosario hit his AL-lead­ing 12th home run for vis­it­ing Min­nesota.

Rays 12, Di­a­mond­backs 1: Reign­ing AL Cy Young Award win­ner Blake Snell took a per­fect game into the sixth in­ning and Tommy Pham hit his first ca­reer grand slam for host Tampa Bay.

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