Curt Schilling has cancer surgery

Updated: February 11, 2014, 6:24 PM ET
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Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, who announced last week that he had cancer, underwent surgery and is recovering, his daughter confirmed Monday.

Schilling, an ESPN baseball analyst, hasn't divulged what type of cancer he had the procedure for.

"I've always believed life is about embracing the gifts and rising up to meet the challenges," Schilling said last Wednesday in a statement released by ESPN. "We've been presented with another challenge, as I've recently been diagnosed with cancer."

Schilling, 47, pitched in the majors for 20 seasons with the Baltimore Orioles, Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies, Arizona Diamondbacks and Red Sox. The six-time All-Star finished with a career record of 216-146 and a 3.46 ERA. His 3,116 strikeouts rank 15th all time.

Last year, Schilling told The Boston Globe he had a heart attack in November 2011 and had surgery to place a stent in one of his arteries. He said he experienced chest pains while watching his wife, Shonda, run in the New York City Marathon.

Shonda Schilling also battled cancer after being diagnosed with stage 2 malignant melanoma in 2001.

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