Ron Darling announces medical leave of absence during Mets-Braves broadcast

Ron Darling, a Mets analyst for SNY and a national analyst for Turner Sports, revealed that he'll be taking a leave of absence.

A long-time favorite of Mets fans, Darling ran into some controversy in recent weeks, alleging that Lenny Dykstra started New York's Game 3 World Series comeback with a racist tirade against Red Sox starter Oil Can Boyd from the on deck circle.

Darling says he is hopeful of returning to work in May if all goes well.

Darling revealed on the air Saturday in Atlanta that, after not feeling well and undergoing tests, he was told by doctors that he has a large mass in his chest.

According to Anthony DiComo of, former Mets player and current in-studio SNY analyst Todd Zeile will take on some of Darling's responsibilities in the booth.

"My health is the top priority right now for my family and I", said Darling said.

"Our thoughts and prayers continuously remain with Ron for a full recovery and we look forward to seeing him back in the broadcast booth soon", they said in a statement. 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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