Jerry Remy thanks Red Sox fans, promises to never quit after latest cancer diagnosis

Jerry Remy thanks Red Sox fans, promises to never quit after latest cancer diagnosis

NESN’s Jerry Remy has a message for fans supporting him in his latest bout with cancer: I’m gonna fight this.

Posting on Twitter one day after it was announced he would leave the broadcast booth after a recurrence of the pernicious disease, Remy sounded positive while thanking fans for their encouragement.

“Thank you for all of your support,” Remy wrote. “This has hit me hard but I have never quit and will not now. I have complete trust in my team at Mass General. Bring it home Sox !!!”

This is the sixth time Remy has been diagnosed with cancer since 2008. The 65-year-old former second baseman completed his most recent round of treatment in January.

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Red Sox analyst Jerry Remy again diagnosed with cancer

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FILE – In this Aug. 20, 2017, file photo, Boston Red Sox broadcaster Jerry Remy waves as he is honored for his 30 years in the broadcast booth at Fenway Park, before a baseball game between the New York Yankees and the Red Sox, Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017, in Boston. Remy is once again battling cancer. NESN announced Remys latest diagnosis in a statement Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018. The network says at this time, Jerrys focus is on his medical treatment. He was not a part of NESNs broadcast team for Tuesday nights game against the Blue Jays. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

TORONTO (AP) — Boston Red Sox television analyst Jerry Remy is again battling cancer.

NESN announced Remy’s latest diagnosis in a statement Tuesday. The network says ”at this time, Jerry’s focus is on his medical treatment.” He was not a part of NESN’s broadcast team for Tuesday night’s game against the Blue Jays. The network did not disclose details of Remy’s diagnosis or provide a timeline for how long he might be away.

The 65-year-old former Red Sox second baseman was first diagnosed with lung cancer in 2008, relapsed in 2013 and again twice in 2017. He returned this season for his 31st year broadcasting Boston’s games.

Remy was a longtime smoker and has spoken publicly in favor of regular medical checkups.

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Red Sox analyst Remy again diagnosed with cancer

Red Sox analyst Remy again diagnosed with cancer

Boston Red Sox color analyst Jerry Remy has again been diagnosed with cancer, television network NESN announced Tuesday.

“Jerry Remy has been diagnosed once again with cancer,” the network said in a statement. “At this time, Jerry’s focus is on his medical treatment. The thoughts and prayers of all of us at NESN and the Red Sox are with Jerry and his family during this difficult time.”

Remy, 65, was first diagnosed with lung cancer in 2008, which he attributed to years of smoking cigarettes. Remy suffered a relapse in 2013 and again before spring training in 2017 before having yet another recurrence that July that led to him having surgery to remove a small portion of his lung.

Remy tweeted in January that he had completed cancer treatment.

NESN re-signed Remy to a multi-year contract in 2017. The Fall River, Mass., native played seven seasons of his 10-year career with the Red Sox.

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LEADING OFF: Trout sits, Taillon and Betts meet post-cancer

LEADING OFF: Trout sits, Taillon and Betts meet post-cancer

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Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout stands in the dugout during the third inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, in Cleveland. Trout’s right wrist is still sore and the Angels will not risk him making it any worse. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

A look at what’s happening around the majors Tuesday:

BLUE BIRTHDAY

Mike Trout is likely to sit out the Angels’ game against Detroit because of a sore right wrist, depriving Los Angeles’ fans of what’s become an annual treat: Seeing Trout do incredible things on his birthday. Trout will turn 27 on Tuesday, and he has a history of throwing celebrations for himself. He has homered on his birthday four times in his first six full big-league seasons. He did it at the Big A last season, homering and also getting his 1,000th career hit. Trout received a cortisone injection on his wrist Monday, and the Angels are hopeful he can return to the lineup on the weekend. He missed his fifth straight game Monday.

PITCHING PALS

Pittsburgh’s Jameson Taillon and Colorado’s Chad Bettis will pitch in a game featuring two starters bouncing back from testicular cancer. Bettis underwent surgery in November 2016 for testicular cancer and continued cancer treatments through that spring and into last season. So when Taillon had surgery to treat testicular cancer on May 8, 2017, he had an instant line of support. Taillon spoke a few times with Bettis during his treatment, calling their exchanges ”comforting.”

”I just felt like if I needed anything or had a question, I was very comfortable going to ask him about any part of the process,” Taillon said.

DOUBLE UP

The Braves and Nationals open a four-game series with a doubleheader. Atlanta is right on Philadelphia’s heals in the NL East race, while Washington is five games back of the Braves. Atlanta’s Max Fried (1-4, 3.38 ERA) faces Jefry Rodriguez (0-1, 6.86) in the opener, and Nationals ace Max Scherzer (15-5, 2.33) opposes Sean Newcomb (10-5, 3.23) in the nightcap.

HAPP HEALING

The sputtering Yankees got some good news Monday when left-hander J.A. Happ moved a little closer to returning from hand, foot and mouth disease. Manager Aaron Boone said Happ is no longer contagious. Assuming everything goes well over the next couple of days, Happ is on track to start Thursday against Texas in the opener of an 11-game homestand. ”He’s out of the woods, virus-wise,” Boone said.

ROBINSON GETTING READY

Robinson Cano has begun his minor league rehab assignment ahead of his return from an 80-game suspension for violating baseball’s joint drug agreement. Cano played Monday for Triple-A Tacoma and is scheduled to play there again Tuesday. After that, he may play some games for Class A Everett later in the week. Cano is eligible to rejoin Seattle on Aug. 14. When he does, he’s expected to play first, second and third base.

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