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Pro baseball: Barnett takes indefinite leave

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The Associated Press

ARLINGTON — Rangers television announcer Dave Barnett says he doesn’t expect to return this season after an on-air incident in which he gave a rambling, incoherent description that confused viewers.

Barnett said in a statement issued through the team Monday that he was taking an indefinite leave of absence for medical reasons. The Denton native didn’t elaborate.

“I want to thank everyone for your kind sentiments and words of encouragement over the last couple of weeks,” Barnett said. “It has meant a lot to me during what has been a very difficult time.”

During the eighth inning June 18, Barnett said a runner was on “fifth” base after a “botched robbery.” He then mentioned a “henchman” before the broadcast went silent for several seconds.

Barnett, who has been off the air since, said last week that he had no recollection of the incident and was diagnosed with a “complicated” migraine.

Steve Busby will keep Barnett’s play-by-play duties. Matt Hicks has taken Busby’s place on the radio crew.