New York Mets broadcaster Ron Darling, who is being sued by former teammate Lenny Dykstra, announced Saturday that he is taking a leave of absence from his broadcasting duties because of health reasons.

Darling, the former Mets’ pitching great who is beginning his 14th season as the Mets’ analyst for SNY, revealed during Saturday night's game against the Braves in Atlanta that "a series of tests revealed a large mass in my chest which will require surgery next week to remove."

Barring unforeseen issues, Darling could return to the airwaves in May.

"Doctors have told me if there are no complications I should be back on air talking baseball sometime next month," Darling said during the broadcast.

Former Met Todd Zeile will fill in for Darling during his medical leave.