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Jerry Remy has been out since May while recovering from off-season lung cancer surgery. According to his son Jared, Jerry is feeling much better and is now cancer-free. It still remains a mystery, however, when (or if) he will be back in the NESN booth this season.
“He’s getting better. The cancer is gone. He’s starting to walk a little and get his lung span back,’’ said Jared, who was recently in the news for being fired in 2008 for steroid use.
NESN released a statement, but per company policy, they would not say if/when Jerry would return to the booth.
“Out of respect for his privacy and as a matter of policy, NESN does not discuss private information about employees, such as health,’’ station spokesman Gary Roy told us in an e-mail yesterday. “At this point, we do not have a timetable for when Jerry plans to return to the booth.’’
Reaction: The 25 replacements (Dennis Eckersley, Dave Roberts, etc.) have done a pretty good job, but there’s really no replacing Jerry Remy in the booth. On behalf of Sports of Boston I’d like to wish Jerry a speedy recovery. We hope he’ll be back in the booth very soon.