Remy makes surprise return to the booth

Remy makes surprise return to the booth

BOSTON -- Three weeks after Jerry Remy announced he would be out for the remainder of the 2017 season while battling back from lung cancer, NESN's popular analyst made a surprise comeback for Friday night's game against the Rays.

Remy worked with former Red Sox teammate Dennis Ecksersley and play-by-play man Dave O'Brien in a three-man booth Friday.

"I'm feeling pretty good, so I talked to NESN and we're going to try to do as many home games the rest of the way as I possibly can," said Remy.

In his fifth bout with lung cancer, Remy recently completed his first round of chemotherapy and will start another one early next week.

"I got through the first round of treatment pretty well and feeling fairly strong. Might as well come in and do something," said Remy. "Hopefully I'll be back for the last homestand of the year. It's better than sitting home; it gets me active and gets me out and gets me doing what I want to do."

Remy hopes to broadcast all three games this weekend against the Rays, but will take a wait-and-see approach after that.

"My plans right now are to just do tonight and see how I feel tomorrow. If I feel good, I'll come back in tomorrow," said Remy.

Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.