BOSTON -- Red Sox announcer Jerry Remy is suffering from depression, and the popular broadcaster said Wednesday the condition is delaying his return to the booth.
The Boston color commentator took an indefinite leave of absence in May after cancer surgery but hopes to be back on the air soon.
"It all started to crash down on me. I have been fighting depression the past couple of months," he said before Boston played Detroit. "We all decided that a leave of absence was the best thing to do."
"Physically I'm back, but mentally they've been trying to get the right combination of meds," he said. "I think I'm on the right path."
The 56-year-old Remy is a former smoker who had surgery for lung cancer late last year and later developed an infection and pneumonia in spring training. He said he's cancer-free, but depression has kept him from calling Red Sox games.
The former major league second baseman stopped by the booth for the first time since his leave began.
The Massachusetts native who once played second base for the Red Sox said he was overwhelmed by the messages of support he's received and was looking forward to thanking fans on the air.
Red Sox Nation is the team's official fan club. Fans elected Remy president of it.
He said that his visit to Fenway Park for a game was a big first step.
"Doctors told me to expect stuff like that," he said. "The cancer part, I couldn't have been luckier. I just want to get back to work, back into the flow of what I did. This depression thing has been tough. It's not easy."
Remy started his major league career with the Angels in 1975 then played for the Red Sox from 1978-84. In 1,154 games he hit .275 with seven homers and 329 RBIs.