Darren Daulton diagnosed with 'highly malignant' brain cancer

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

Former Phillies catcher Darren Daulton, seen here tagging Chris Sabo of the Reds in 1991, is facing what's sure to be the battle of his life. (USATSI)
Former Phillies catcher Darren Daulton, left, is facing what's sure to be the battle of his life. (USATSI)

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There's discouraging news on former Phillies catcher Darren Daulton, who recently underwent surgery to remove a pair of brain tumors. While the surgery was successful, the tumors, according to a statement released by the Philadelphia radio station Daulton works for, were found to be malignant (Delaware Online).

Specifically, Daulton has been diagnosed with glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer the American Brain Tumor Association characterizes as being "highly malignant."

According to the ABTA, patients with glioblastoma typically survive 14 months to three years.

More from the statement released by 97.5 FM The Fanatic, where Daulton hosts a call-in show:

"[Daulton] has returned to his Clearwater, [Fla.]-area home to continue recuperating amongst his immediate family and friends. He will eventually begin treatments in Florida. Darren and his family wish to thank everyone for their loving support throughout this difficult time. He is deeply touched."

Daulton, 51, spent parts of 14 seasons with the Phillies and retired following the 1997 campaign. He finished that season with the Marlins, with whom he won his only World Series ring.

Our prayers for strength and healing go out to Daulton and his family.

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