Red Sox color analyst Jerry Remy, who has missed the past five games with a sinus infection, will not return to the NESN booth for at least another week.
In a statement issued this morning, the network said Remy and NESN “have decided to have him take the next week off to give him the best chance to fully recover.” The target date for Remy to return to the booth is Thursday, May 10, when the Red Sox return from a road trip to begin a four-game series against the Indians.
In Remy’s absence, Dennis Eckersley and Peter Gammons will fill in alongside play by play voice Don Orsillo. Eckersley will work the games of May 4 against the Orioles and May 7-9 against the Royals. Gammons will be in the booth for games May 5-6 versus Baltimore.
With each game Remy has missed, there has been a natural concern whether it’s more than a sinus infection because of his past health issues.
In November 2008, he had surgery to remove cancer from a lung. While recovering, he suffered from pneumonia and an infection. He returned to his NESN duties in time for Opening Day 2009, but on April 30 he abruptly left the team and took an indefinite leave of absence, returning in mid-August.
He later revealed a battle with depression. In a note in Thursday’s Globe about Remy’s status, reporter Mark Shanahan referenced a quote Remy once told the newspaper about his depression:
“You didn’t want to get out of bed. The first thing you thought when you woke up was ‘another lousy day is ahead of me.’ I had no desire to do anything.”
I’ll have more on Remy’s status in Friday’s media column in the Globe.