Former pitcher turned TV analyst Curt Schilling announced he's battling cancer Wednesday.

Schilling, who spent 20 years in the major leagues before retiring in 2009, divulged the news in a statement released through his employer, ESPN. It didn't indicate what type of cancer Schilling has, when he was diagnosed or what his prognosis might be.

"With my incredibly talented medical team I'm ready to try and win another big game," Schilling, 47, he said. "I'll embrace this fight just like the rest of them, with resolute faith and head on."

ESPN spokesman Mike Soltys said Schilling is taking a leave of absence. He recently signed a multiyear contract extension with the network.

Schilling played for five teams during his career. He won three world titles, with Arizona (2001) and Boston (2004, 2007), sharing the World Series MVP award with teammate Randy Johnson in 2001.

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    MCT Information Services contributed to this report.