San Diego icon and Padres/Aztecs radio voice Ted Leitner announced via Twitter on Friday that the kidney he had had removed in late May was not cancerous, despite being told that the probability of it being so was 95-97 percent:
Had “low grade cancer surgery” to remove golf ball size tumor that 4 surgeons said was 95% cancer probability. Removed it and sent to lab for biopsy-BENIGN! Cancer free now. How? I’ll always believe is was thoughts & prayers from #Padres fans & #Aztecs. All my love to all of you!
The news means that the long-time voice of the Padres will resume his duties on 97.3 The Fan very, very soon.
According to Bill Center of Padres.com, Leitner is set return to the Padres radio booth for the June 19 and June 20 home games against the Oakland Athletics. He will then stay at home during the seven-game Padres road trip before resuming full-time duties on June 29.
The news was met, as you might expect, with joy from many of Leitner’s colleagues and fans:
Teddy made my day when we spoke yesterday and he caught me up. Seeing (and hearing) him again at the ballpark will be the highlight of my year. Soon!