SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) - Longtime Padres play-by-play announcer and former KFMB Stations sports anchor Ted Leitner took to Twitter to tell fans he is cancer free.

Doctors gave him the cancer-free designation after a golf ball-sized tumor in his kidney was removed. The tumor had a 95% cancer probability but ended up being benign. 

Leitner thanked his fans on Twitter for the thoughts and prayers during his time off.

The Padres released a statement stating they expect him to be back in the booth by June 19th or 20th. 

Leitner, 71, has been the voice of the Padres for almost four decades and also announced games for the San Diego State Aztecs. He spent 25 years (1978-2002) as a sports anchor and a radio host for KFMB Stations.