BOSTON (AP) — Red Sox announcer Jerry Remy hopes to be on the air soon after taking an indefinite leave of absence to recover from cancer surgery.

Remy told WCVB-TV during a visit to Fenway Park on Wednesday that his health has improved considerably, but he declined to put a firm date on his return to the play-by-play booth for New England Sports Network.

Remy, a former smoker, disclosed in May that he underwent surgery for lung cancer late last year. He started the baseball season but took a leave after experiencing setbacks.

The Massachusetts native who once played second base for the Red Sox is enormously popular among the team’s fans. He said he was overwhelmed by the messages of support he’s received and was looking forward to thanking fans on the air.

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