Bobby Murcer to miss Yankees' opener
Bobby Murcer, who had been scheduled to work Monday's Yankees opener as an analyst for YES, still is not feeling up to the job and will skip the series against the Blue Jays, YES spokesman Eric Handler said Friday.
After missing all of spring training, Murcer, who is battling brain cancer, had hoped to make his 2008 debut in time for the final opener at Yankee Stadium.
But Handler said Murcer still is "under the weather" and not ready to return. He still plans to work a limited schedule this season when he is able, Handler said.
Murcer has said a biopsy earlier this month took a lot out of him. The test showed only scar tissue and not a new tumor, as some on his medical staff had feared.
Michael Kay and Paul O'Neill will be in the booth for the opener Monday, with David Cone, a new member of the YES lineup, working from the channel's Stamford, Conn., studio.
Murcer made an emotional appearance at the Stadium for last year's opener, three months after undergoing surgery to remove a malignant brain tumor. While there, he said his goal was to be on hand for Opening Day at the new Yankee Stadium in 2009.