Former major league pitching legend Curt Schilling has announced that he has been diagnosed with cancer.
ESPN released a statement from Schilling saying:
"I've always believed life is about embracing the gifts and rising up to meet the challenges. We've been presented with another challenge, as I've recently been diagnosed with cancer."
Schilling pitched in the majors for 20 seasons with the Baltimore Orioles, Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies, Arizona Diamondbacks and Boston Red Sox. The six-time All-Star finished with a record of 216-146 and a 3.46 ERA. His 3,116 strikeouts rank 15th in the all time list.
The 47 year olds wife Shonda has also battled cancer after being diagnosed with stage 2 malignant melanoma in 2001.
"Shonda and I want to send a sincere thank you and our appreciation to those who have called and sent prayers, and we ask that if you are so inclined, to keep the Schilling family in your prayers," Schilling went on to say.
Across the course of his career, the right hander won three World Series. One with the Phillies - where he shared MVP honours - and two with the Red Sox in 2004 and 2007.
It is understood that Schilling will take time out from his role as an MLB broadcaster for ESPN.