Jerry Remy is facing another battle with cancer.
In a brief statement, NESN announced Tuesday that the popular former Red Sox second baseman and color analyst for more than three decades, will be absent from its baseball broadcasts while he receives treatment.
“At this time, Jerry’s focus is on his medical treatment,’’ the statement read. “The thoughts and prayers of all of us at NESN and the Red Sox are with Jerry and his family during this difficult time.’’
NESN did not indicate the specifics of Remy’s diagnosis or how long he is expected to be away from the broadcast booth.
Remy traveled with the team to Toronto Sunday night after the Red Sox’ win over the Yankees. He headed back home Tuesday morning after getting the results of his latest exam.
He was in the thoughts of the Red Sox and his colleagues before Tuesday night’s game. Tweeted Dennis Eckersley, a longtime teammate who like Remy is a NESN color analyst, “I thoroughly enjoy when we do games together as a 3-man booth. Get well, soon @Jerry_Remy!”
Red Sox manager Alex Cora said before Tuesday’s game that Remy is his thoughts.
“Our prayers are for Jerry,” said Cora. “I just texted him. God is in control and he’ll be back with us sooner rather than later. We’re going to miss him for now but we know that he is going to be fine and he’s going to be back with us.”
Remy, 65, was first diagnosed with lung cancer in 2008. He has suffered multiple recurrences. In February 2017, he announced that the disease had returned, but he was back in the booth early in the regular season that year. In mid-June of last season, a recurrence required surgery and chemotherapy. Remy missed most of the second half, but did return for a few games in September.
Remy, a longtime smoker, first underwent surgery in November 2008 to remove a cancerous area from his lung. He endured complications during that recovery, including an infection and a prolonged bout with pneumonia.
He still didn’t feel like his usual self when the 2009 Red Sox season began, leading to a leave of absence that kept him out from April 30 until mid-August. He revealed upon his return that he had been battling depression.
In April 2013, Remy announced that he’d suffered a relapse that offseason when cancer was found in a different spot on his lungs during his regular six-month CT scan that January.
“If I can help anybody, that’s great,’’ said Remy when asked why he revealed the 2013 relapse. “Last time this happened to me, I got so many letters from people who have gone through cancer, who are fighting it at that particular point in time, and I felt like I did them some good.’’
He did not miss time during the 2013 season while recovering from that surgery. But that August, Remy took an immediate leave of absence when his son, Jared, was charged with the murder of his girlfriend, Jennifer Martel. Jared Remy pled guilty in August 2014 and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
A Somerset native, Remy spent 10 years as a second baseman in the major leagues, including seven with the Red Sox (1978-84). He has been a NESN broadcaster on Red Sox games since 1988. Last January, the network announced that he’d signed a multiyear contract extension.
Remy, play-by-play man Dave O’Brien, and fellow analyst Dennis Eckersley had received rave reviews for their work as a three-man booth during the recent Red Sox-Yankees series.