- Ian Begley, ESPN Staff Writer
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Gary Carter, the former Mets great currently battling brain cancer, suffered "slight bleeding" on his brain last week that is not believed to be a serious health threat, according to an entry on a private journal kept by Carter's daughter.
Carter complained of severe fatigue and pain last Monday and was taken for an MRI. The MRI revealed a new "spot on the core of his brain," according to a journal entry posted by Kimmy Bloemers, to which ESPNNewYork.com has been granted access. The MRI also showed doctors that Carter's tumors "looked smaller," according to Bloemers, Carter's daughter.
Further tests revealed that the "spot" was in fact "slight bleeding," not a new tumor, which was a relief to Bloemers.
"[Carter's doctors] were not concerned and they are just changing up some medications. We were so thankful it was not another new tumor growing in a different part of dad's brain!!! This was great news on Thanksgiving Day!" Bloemers wrote.
Carter was in good spirits after hearing the results, according to Bloemers. She wrote that Carter swam with family members later that day, getting in the pool for the first time in two months.
The 57-year-old Carter had just completed his second season as baseball coach at Palm Beach Atlantic when he announced that an MRI taken on May 21 had revealed four small tumors on his brain. He started a combination of radiation and chemotherapy treatment the first week of June.
Carter has also been taking Avastin, a drug which prevents the growth of blood vessels that feed tumors.
The Hall of Fame catcher played 18 seasons in the big leagues, most notably for the New York Mets and Montreal Expos.
Carter, who was a vital cog on the Mets' 1986 World Series championship team, was inducted into Cooperstown in 2003. He retired in 1992 with the Expos, finishing his 19-year career with a .262 batting average, 324 home runs and 1,225 RBI. He also played in 11 All-Star Games.
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