PHILADELPHIA – Former Philadelphia Phillies catcher Darren Daulton enjoyed his return to the ballpark Friday.
“Oh my God, all my friends are here,” he said upon entering the press room at Citizens Bank Park.
Daulton, who is participating in the Phillies’ annual alumni weekend, spoke publicly for the first time since his brain cancer diagnosis a little over a month ago.
The 51-year-old, now a radio personality in Philadelphia, was diagnosed with two brain tumors in June.
Both were removed after surgery July 1, but nine days later he was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer that also took the lives of his former teammate Tug McGraw and former coach John Vukovich.
GIANTS: Struggling lefty Barry Zito will not make his next scheduled start Sunday at Tampa Bay.
Manager Bruce Bochy said right-hander Guillermo Moscoso will take Zito’s spot.
Zito, the 2002 AL Cy Young winner, is 4-8 with a 5.09 ERA in 21 starts this season for the defending World Series champions now mired in the NL West’s last place.
METS: Closer Bobby Parnell and setup man Josh Edgin could be out for New York’s weekend series against Kansas City.
Parnell wasn’t available for Friday night’s opener and his status is unknown as he deals with a stiff neck.
Edgin will be lost for perhaps 4 to 6 weeks after a stress fracture in a left rib was revealed Friday in an MRI.
The left-hander was placed on the disabled list and left-hander Pedro Feliciano was brought up from Triple-A Las Vegas.