BOSTON - NESN announced Wednesday that Red Sox color commentator Jerry Remy is taking an indefinite leave of absence to fully recover from the effects of cancer surgery.
"I want to focus on completing my recovery so that I can return to work without distractions or interruptions," said Remy, a former smoker who underwent surgery for lung cancer late last year.
Remy expected a more immediate return but suffered a setback due to an infection and subsequent case of pneumonia. He now hopes his experience serves as a cautionary tale about the adverse health effects of smoking.
"I hope that disclosing my bout with cancer will reinforce the dangers of smoking to every member of Red Sox Nation, especially children," said Remy, the president of Red Sox Nation.
Remy joined the New England Sports Network in 1988 and has teamed with play-by-play announcer Don Orsillo since 2001.
"Jerry is beloved, and on behalf of everyone in Red Sox Nation, I want him to know that he is in our thoughts," Red Sox chairman Tom Werner said. "We will sorely miss him in the broadcast, but the most important thing is that he takes all the time he needs to recover."
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