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Fmr. Red Sox Pitcher Curt Schilling Diagnosed with Cancer

(Photo Courtesy:  Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images)

(Photo Courtesy: Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images)

(WGGB) — Former Boston Red Sox pitcher and current ESPN baseball analyst Curt Schilling has been diagnosed with cancer.

In a statement released Wednesday by ESPN, Schilling says, “I’ve always believed life is about embracing the gifts and rising up to meet the challenges. We’ve been presented with another challenge, as I’ve recently been diagnosed with cancer.”

Schilling, a six-time All-Star, was tapped late last year to join ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball.”

There is no word on what diagnosis means for Schilling’s broadcast plans for the upcoming baseball season.

ESPN adds in a statement, “Our thoughts are with Curt and his family during this challenging time. His ESPN teammates wish him continued strength in his cancer fight and we look forward to welcoming him back to our baseball coverage whenever he’s ready.”

Schilling, who is 47 years old, played 20 seasons in the major leagues, winning three World Series Championships – 2001 with Arizona, and 2004 and 2007 with Boston.

Over his career, he had 216-146 record with a 3.46 ERA and 3,116 strikeouts.

Schilling’s statement concludes by saying, “My father left me with a saying that I’ve carried my entire life and tried to pass on to our kids: ‘Tough times don’t last, tough people do.’ Over the years in Boston, the kids at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have shown us what that means. With my incredibly talented medical team I’m ready to try and win another big game. I’ve been so very blessed and I feel grateful for what God has allowed my family to have and experience, and I’ll embrace this fight just like the rest of them, with resolute faith and head on.”

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