Mets announcer Ron Darling to have chest surgery

Mets announcer Ron Darling said he will have surgery this week to remove a “large mass in my chest” and hopes to return to the broadcast booth in May.

The longtime SNY analyst, who finished his 13-year pitching career (1983-95) with 4½ seasons with the A’s, made the announcement Saturday during the Mets’ game in Atlanta.

Darling, 58, said a series of tests revealed the mass. He said doctors have told him that “if there are no complications, I should be back on air talking baseball sometime next month.”

Briefly: Former Giants left-hander Matt Moore, who has thrown 10 shutout innings in two starts with the Tigers this season, will undergo surgery this week to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. … Seattle left-hander Wade LeBlanc was placed on the injured list because of a strained oblique. … Pittsburgh starter Chris Archer dropped his appeal of a five-game suspension for setting off a benches-clearing altercation during a game with the Reds on April 7 and began serving his punishment.

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