Ex-Phillie Daulton has brain surgery

Former Philadelphia Phillies catcher Darren Daulton underwent surgery to remove a pair of tumors from his brain on Monday, with doctors terming the seven-hour procedure a success.

The operation came less than a week after Daulton, who spent 14 seasons with the Phillies from 1983-97 and was an integral member of the franchise's 1993 National League championship squad, had his condition publicly disclosed by WPEN, an FM sports radio station in Philadelphia in which the popular 51-year- old hosts a nightly baseball show.

"All of the tumors have been removed," said Dr. Kevin Judy, the section chief of surgical neurology at Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia. I would expect it's going to take him three to four weeks to get over the surgery."

Daulton issued a statement through WPEN on Saturday thanking fans for their encouragement.

"I want to thank everyone for your uplifting support," he said. "Special thanks to the Phillies and 97.5 the Fanatic. Right on fight on! Love ya, Dutch."

A 25th-round draft choice of Philadelphia in 1980, Daulton compiled 134 home runs and 567 RBI along with a .245 batting average over 1,109 career games with the Phils and was named an NL All-Star three times. He also won a World Series as a member of the Florida Marlins in 1997.