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Former Cardinals outfielder Chris Duncan fighting brain cancer

Sporting News — (Gabrielle McMillen)

Former Cardinals outfielder Chris Duncan is taking personal time as he battles brain cancer.

Duncan, who is a radio personality in St. Louis on 101 ESPN, left his show "The Turn" as he receives treatment.

"Dunc will be taking a permanent leave from 101 ESPN to continue his fight against cancer and focus on health. If you pray, please keep him in your prayers. If you don't, keep him in your thoughts. He is our brother and we miss him deeply," the radio show tweeted Monday.

After the update, "The Turn" dedicated Monday's show to Duncan.

Duncan has battled the brain tumor before — in 2012 he was diagnosed with glioblastoma, which was the same form of cancer that his mother died from in 2013. Duncan said in March that a tumor kept "popping up," which made him step down from the radio show temporarily last year.

The Cardinals also tweeted out their support for Duncan, who was with the team from 2005-09.

"Please join us in keeping former Cardinal Chris Duncan and his family in your thoughts as he continues his courageous fight against cancer," the tweet read.

Duncan hit 44 home runs in his first three seasons in the majors, but injuries plagued him after his initial success, which forced him to retire in 2010.