Gary Carter to have last radiation

NEW YORK -- On the eve of his last radiation, Gary Carter's doctors are happy with his progress and told him that he "looks wonderful," his daughter, Kimmy Bloemers, reported on a private family website late Monday night.

According to Bloemers, Carter, who is currently battling Stage 4 brain cancer, will undergo his final radiation treatment on Tuesday. It is his last treatment before an Aug. 1 MRI to determine the affect radiation has had on the tumors. The imaging will take place near Carter's Florida home, and he will head to Duke that night or the next day for analysis and consultation.

"Mom and dad were told by the doctor that dad looks wonderful and is happy to see how well he is doing," Bloemers writes. "Praise God!"

Bloemers also reports that Carter went for a two-mile walk on Monday.

"This is the longest walk since finding out about the cancer," she writes. "He said to my mom that, 'This is the best I have felt in two months!' Wow, thank you Jesus for giving my dad a great day!"

Carter will not be attending next weekend's Hall of Fame induction ceremonies in Cooperstown, N.Y., according to Hall of Fame officials.

But he did watch the MLB All-Star Game on television and appreciated a tribute in the seventh inning of the game.

Writes Bloemers: "It was extra special because my brother and his best friend Phil were at the game holding signs with dad's name on it. Dad was invited to play in the celebrity softball game again and of course couldn't play this year. Our prayer and hope is that he is out there in 2012!"

According to Bloemers, Carter plans to return for a third season as head baseball coach at Palm Beach Atlantic University.

The former Met great was diagnosed with walking pneumonia in June after battling through a severe chest cold for several weeks.

But he began feeling better last week, according to Bloemers, who also reports that Carter is also improving after feeling cold sores in his mouth last week.

The 57-year-old Hall of Famer had just completed his second season at Palm Beach Atlantic when he announced that an MRI taken on May 21 had revealed four small tumors on his brain. He started a combination of 6½ weeks of radiation and one year of chemotherapy treatment the first week of June.

Carter has also been taking Avastin, a drug which prevents the growth of blood vessels that feed tumors.

"We are rejoicing for good news and we are praising the Lord for these good days," writes Bloemers. "We know dad still has a battle and a road ahead of him to fight; however, we believe in miracles."

Carter, who was a vital cog on the Mets' 1986 World Series championship team, was inducted into Cooperstown in 2003. He retired in 1992 with the Montreal Expos, finishing his 19-year career with a .262 batting average, 324 home runs and 1,225 RBIs. He also played in 11 All-Star Games.

Ian Begley is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.