Former Mets great Ron Darling has been in the news recently for all the wrong reasons.
Last week, Lenny Dykstra announced he was suing Darling over a book the former pitcher wrote about his time with the Mets in the 80s and their title run in 86. In the book, Darling details a story of Dykstra yelling racist slurs at Red Sox pitcher Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd, something that Dykstra denies happened.
Just days after the lawsuit was made public, Darling announced during a Mets broadcast that he was going to spend some time away from the microphone for medical reasons. Alongside Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez, Darling shared the fact that he would be undergoing surgery this week to remove a mass on his chest.
Darling claimed the leave of absence has nothing to do with Dykstra’s legal action, and said he hoped to be back calling baseball games for SNY sometime in May.