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Gary Carter was taken to the emergency room with blood clots

Sep 1, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

Gary Carter AP

While we don’t normally post a ton about the health of ex-players, there is a lot of Gary Carter goodwill out there and, because Carter’s family has been so forthcoming on their website and with reporters, there is a lot of information.  Feels weird to post about it all the time, but My feeling is that people love the guy and that love outweighs the voyeuristic qualities of all of this.  If I’m wrong there, please, let me know. I’m not at my best when it comes to this stuff.

Anyway: Via ESPN New York, we learn that Carter was rushed to an emergency room on Tuesday after experiencing chest pain and shortness of breath. It was revealed he had blood clotting in his chest and his right leg, but there appeared to be no problems with his brain, which is where the tumors for which he is receiving treatment reside.  He was treated for 24 hours and then sent home where he can treat the blood clots with injections.

Keep a thought in your head for The Kid. Or, if your’e so inclined, a prayer.

  1. sdelmonte - Sep 1, 2011 at 12:02 PM

    Have to say that when I was at the new Mets Hall of Fame and Museum last night, I found myself thinking about Carter’s illness when I saw his plaque. And was glad he’d been doing somewhat better. So here’s one vote in favor of keeping us posted.

    (Nice little display the Mets have, BTW. About 25 plaques; displays about the two World Series wins, the post-9/11 game, and Tom Seaver; clips of broadcasters; and the two WS trophies. Did you know there is nothing at all engraved on the trophy to tell you which of the two teams won?)

  2. Old Gator - Sep 1, 2011 at 12:16 PM

    Hang in there, Kid. I recall during the 1986 season (and the 88 as well) Carter was all sorts of banged up and bandaged and went out every day and hit a ton. Nothing seemed to get on his wit. And when he did have the occasional slump, he never copped any attitudes at the beat writers. I am going to hazard a guess that he’s handling his current adversities much the way he did the ones he played through. Get well, Gary. We’re all pullin’ for ya.

  3. indaburg - Sep 1, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    I vote not voyeuristic. It’s not like you found this information up by digging through his private medical records. His family has been very forthcoming and open with the Kid’s health status updates, and you are right, he is a beloved baseball player. I have many fond memories from my childhood watching him play in the 80s and he’s a great guy, so many positive thoughts going his way.

  4. cur68 - Sep 1, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    Blood clots are no picnic. I’m glad this was caught before it turned into something bigger. Hang in there Mr. Carter. Hang in there.

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