Boston Red Sox color commentator Jerry Remy, who has been missing in action in the NESN booth for nearly a month, will be returning on Tuesday. During a conference call on Wednesday, Remy revealed that he's been batting allergies as well as pneumonia in recent weeks, which was exacerbated by a 2008 diagnosis of lung cancer that caused him to miss much of the 2009 season.
Remy: I’ve always said that I would be honest and truthful about everything that goes on with me health-wise. (The) last couple of weeks have been pretty tough. First of all I went to the doctor today and I got the green light to go back to work on Tuesday. They didn’t want me to go to Detroit over the weekend; they didn’t want me flying to Detroit. So I’ll be able to return to the booth with no restrictions on Tuesday. And what caused this relapse, or whatever it is, everything I said at the beginning was true: I did have, I was working a Sunday game and I had an allergy attack. I thought that that would improve within a couple of days. It actually got worse on the Monday night that I worked, so I went to the doctor the following day. And I was told at that time I had pneumonia. So at that point they put me on oral medication which I thought would clear things up in a matter of days. Unfortunately, my body rejected the antibiotics that they put me on and continued to get worse. So from that point on they admitted me to Mass General, where I spent five or six days, I think five days and was on a heavy dose of IV antibiotic … within 48 hours that made a tremendous difference. When I got out of the hospital I was still pretty lethargic from the pneumonia and not ready to go to work. The club was on the road at the time and so they thought it best I not go on the road, and that’s pretty much the way it is.
It's scary to see Remy missing time with problems with his lungs following his battle with cancer. Remy said that he plans on jumping right back into a full work schedule beginning with the Red Sox game on Tuesday with the Rockies at Fenway Park. He also stated that he plans on commentating for as long as NESN will have him. NESN has employed Remy since 1988, and I think they'd continue to employ him for as long as the sixty year old is able to do his job.