TAMPA, Florida (Ticker) -- A brain biopsy showed that New York Yankees broadcaster Bobby Murcer does not
have a recurrence of cancer, the team announced Wednesday.
In December 2006, Murcer began experiencing headaches and a loss of energy and subsequently was diagnosed with brain cancer on Christmas Eve after an MRI exam revealed a malignant tumor.
On Friday, the New York Daily News reported that another MRI revealed a new area of concern, prompting Monday's biopsy.
In an emotional e-mail, Murcer's wife, Kay, told the Daily News that it would be either necrosis (scar tissue) or another cancerous tumor. It turned out to be the former.
"We received great news this morning," Bobby Murcer said Wednesday in a statement released by the Yankees. "The biopsy revealed scar tissue. It showed no signs of cancer. We are very excited about this news. It's what we hoped for all along."
Murcer said he was checking out from the Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and returning to his home in Oklahoma.
"I plan on resting at home over the next few weeks and focusing my energy on returning to the Stadium for its final Opening Day," he added.
Murcer had surgery four days after the cancer was discovered in 2006, but made it back to the Yankees' broadcast booth for last season's home opener.
Murcer, 61, played with the Yankees from 1965-74 and again from 1979-83. He has been a popular broadcaster with the team since his retirement in 1983.
Murcer also played with the San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs during a 17-year career.