Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Former Philadelphia Phillies catcher and fan favorite Darren Daulton has a pair of brain tumors and will undergo surgery next week.
The news was released on Thursday by WPEN, an FM sports radio station in Philadelphia. Daulton hosts a show called "Talking Baseball with Dutch" on the station.
"Darren Daulton has not been feeling well over the past two weeks," WPEN said in a statement released Thursday. "He went to the doctor who discovered two brain tumors and is scheduled for surgery early next week. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family at this difficult time. Of course we want to respect his privacy at a time like this, but if you would like to send him get well wishes you may do so at email@example.com"
Daulton, 51, began his major league career in 1983 and retired in 1997, playing every season with the Phillies and splitting the last year with the Florida Marlins. He was a career .245 hitter with 137 homers and 588 RBI.
His best season came in 1992, when he had career bests of 27 homers and 109 RBI. During the Phillies' 1993 NL championship season, Daulton had 24 homers and 105 RBI.