Gary Carter doc sought MRI

6/9/2011 - MLB New York Mets

Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter did not intend to get an MRI three weeks ago, his daughter, Kimmy Bloemers, wrote on a private family website on Thursday night.

But according to Bloemers, Carter's doctor noticed that Carter "was showing signs of some confusion and exhaustion" during his examination -- which was for something entirely unrelated -- and suggested that he undergo an MRI.

As it turns out, that decision likely saved Carter's life.

The MRI revealed that Carter had four small tumors in his brain on May 21, and it turned out that the 57-year-old had inoperable Stage 4 glioblastoma. He is currently undergoing six weeks of radiation treatment, a year of chemotherapy and taking Avastin, a drug used to prevent the growth of blood vessels that feed tumors.

"The doctor was concerned because dad wasn't feeling himself and suggested to get an MRI!" Bloemers wrote. "Wow, praise God for this doctor's suggest -- I believe it saved my dad's life."

According to Bloemers, Carter had his "best morning so far" on Thursday. On Friday, he will try to get up and start his day on his own.

After receiving radiation treatment on Thursday, Carter swam laps in the pool in order to get his daily exercise.

"Swimming is incredibly therapeutic and relaxing for dad plus it strengthens his muscles which is a necessity for his body!" Bloemers wrote. "All of these medicines weaken the muscles so it is up to the individual to keep the body moving. Dad is faithfully exercising everyday even when he is tired and doesn't feel like it."

Carter, an 11-time All-Star perhaps best-known for his contributions to the New York Mets' 1986 World Series championship team, 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.