By Evan Brunell
Gary Carter was diagnosed with four brain tumors earlier on Saturday, as he revealed in a statement through the New York Mets.
"Earlier today, I learned that four very small tumors have been found on my brain, following an MRI on Friday at a West Palm Beach facility," Carter wrote. "I am scheduled to be examined further Thursday at Duke Medical Center, and we will learn more at that time about my diagnosis."
Carter will likely need to undergo surgery for the condition. The New York Daily News reported that Carter had been complaining of forgetfulness and headaches in recent days, which prompted a visit to doctors.
The longtime Met went into the Hall of Fame wearing a Montreal Expos hat, but is widely recalled for his time in New York, where he spent five of his 19 seasons, including a World Series title in 1986, his first year behind the dish for the Mets. He also added 12 years with the Expos and one apiece with the Giants and Dodgers. All told, the backstop hit .262/.335/.439 with 2,092 hits and 324 home runs.
"My wife, Sandy, and our children and family thank you for your thoughts and prayers," Carter added. "We ask that you please respect our privacy as we learn more about my medical condition."
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