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Murcer to undergo additional tests for cancer next week

2/29/2008 - New York Yankees

Former Yankees star Bobby Murcer will undergo a biopsy Monday to determine whether his brain cancer has recurred, The Daily News reported Thursday.

Murcer, now a Yankees broadcaster, underwent a magnetic resonance imaging test that revealed "an area that doctors are concerned about," said his wife, Kay, in an e-mail message to friends.

"Please pray that it will be determined to be necrosis [scar tissue from the radiation], and not another cancerous tumor," Kay Murcer wrote. "It's one of the two."

Murcer, an Oklahoma City native, was diagnosed with a brain tumor in December 2006 after having headaches and had surgery to remove the malignant tumor.

Despite his latest setback, he remained upbeat and positive, according to the newspaper.

"I've gotta go back to Houston on Monday for more tests, which means I'm going to have to miss the first two spring training games," Murcer said by telephone from Oklahoma City. "I still hope to be in Tampa in time for the third game [on March 7] and I'm still planning on doing my full schedule of games for the regular season."

Murcer, 61, played 17 seasons in the major leagues from 1965-83 and was a five-time All-Star and a Gold Glove-winning outfielder. In his career with the Yankees, San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs, he batted .277 with 252 home runs and 1,043 RBIs.

After his retirement, Murcer won three Emmy Awards for live sports coverage as the voice of the Yankees. He has been part of the team's YES Network broadcast team for several seasons.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.