Gary Carter gets positive news

Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter received positive news in his battle with cancerous brain tumors Tuesday. Soon after doctors discovered new spots, a biopsy revealed those were benign, daughter Kimmy Bloemers indicated.

Carter also was due to complete a second, higher-dosage round of chemotherapy Tuesday night. That treatment had been delayed because of a previously low white-blood-cell count.

"We are praising the heavens for more victories!" Bloemers wrote in an online journal to which ESPNNewYork.com has been granted access. "Thank you all for the prayers and encouraging cheers for dad! Keep them coming!!!

"Dad has been extremely tired during these days of chemo, which has been expected. After he finishes his last pill tonight, he will start to do more activity for his body. The doctor has emphasized exercise, healthy food intake and rest when needed. Dad will start to do physical therapy to get his joints and muscles moving as he pushes through the exhaustion."

Carter plans to help coach his Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team next week. Fellow Hall of Famer Hank Aaron called Carter on Monday to offer well-wishes.

"I have been impressed with his attitude and how he doesn't complain," Bloemers wrote about her father. "He just gets frustrated when his body doesn't agree with what he physically wants to do."

Carter played 18 seasons in the big leagues, most notably for the New York Mets and Montreal Expos.

Adam Rubin covers the Mets for ESPNNewYork.com.