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Gary Carter starts radiation treatment

6/8/2011 - MLB

Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter underwent his first radiation treatment on Tuesday.

"I am happy to report that it went very well!" Carter's daughter, Kimmy Bloemers, wrote in a journal entry on a private family website. "He is ready and determined to take on these six weeks (of radiation) like GAME SIX (maybe there is a small coincidence there all you Met fans!!) ... Pray for dad to have enormous peace and pray for the radiation to SHRINK THESE TUMORS!!"

Bloemers wrote that while radiation is the most "exhausting" of the three treatments Carter is undergoing, he was "pretty alert" and "feeling good with no pain."

"Each day we are getting closer to a solid daily routine for dad filled with appointments, exercise, time with friends, rest, etc. so it is helpful for everyone," Bloemers wrote. "Each of the members of TEAM CARTER need prayer in a different way and we feel each one."

Carter, who is currently in a battle with inoperable Stage 4 glioblastoma, will also need to undergo a year of chemotherapy, which he started in pill form on Saturday.

The 57-year-old received his first Avastin treatment on Friday. According to the drug's website, Avastin's purpose is to prevent the growth of blood vessels that feed tumors.

Carter is currently under the care of Dr. Jimmy Harris in Palm Beach, Fla.

Doctors confirmed last Tuesday that Carter has glioblastoma, a form of cancer that affects the brain and central nervous system. Doctors said that surgery "is not a good option given the location of the tumor."

Carter had just finished his second season as Palm Beach Atlantic University's baseball coach when it was announced on May 21 that an MRI revealed four small tumors in his brain.

After being diagnosed, Carter, perhaps best known for his contributions to the New York Mets' 1986 World Series-winning squad, said, "My wife, Sandy, and our children and family thank you for your thoughts and prayers. We ask you to please respect our privacy as we learn more about my medical condition."

Carter, an 11-time All-Star, was inducted into Cooperstown in 2003 after retiring in 1992 with the Montreal Expos. He finished his 19-year career with a .262 average, 324 home runs and 1,225 RBIs.

Mike Mazzeo is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.