TORONTO -- A familiar voice will once again be heard in Red Sox Nation, as Jerry Remy returns to the broadcast booth Friday, when the Yankees play at Fenway Park.

"You think I would miss another series with the Yankees!?" the NESN color commentator quipped in a post on his Web site announcing his return.

Remy has been on a leave of absence since May 6 dealing with the effects of lung cancer surgery, which he underwent last November. His leave was prolonged while he battled depression.

The 56-year-old Remy, who will rejoin play-by-play man Don Orsillo in the NESN booth, said on his Web site that he would ease back into the job and may not join the team on the road.

The immensely popular Remy -- a former second baseman -- has been with NESN for almost 20 years.

"I want to thank NESN, the Red Sox and all of Red Sox Nation for their incredible level of support," Remy told the Boston Globe. "I'm really looking forward to getting back to work and doing the job that I miss terribly."

"We are thrilled that Jerry is ready to get back in the booth this week," NESN president Sean McGrail told the Globe. "He is an important part of the NESN family, and we are all very happy that he will be back in his familiar spot."