Uecker needs second heart procedure

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MILWAUKEE -- Legendary Milwaukee Brewers broadcaster Bob Uecker needs a second heart procedure and will undergo surgery next Tuesday.

Tests revealed a tear at the site of his previous valve replacement, which was performed on April 30. Doctors believe the tear occurred due to a staph infection which entered the bloodstream about six weeks after the initial procedure.

Dr. Alfred C. Nicolosi performed the first surgery and will operate again next Tuesday.

"I'm approaching this with the same optimism that I had the first time, and I appreciate all of the kind thoughts and well wishes from Brewers fans and everyone who has reached out to me," Uecker said in a statement released by the Brewers. "I have the highest confidence in the doctors and staff at Froedtert Hospital and I look forward to being ready to go well before spring training in Arizona."

Recovery time for the surgery is expected to be at least eight weeks.

"Bob's heart is stronger now following his initial operation and therefore I think he will tolerate this operation very well," said Dr. James Kleczka of Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin. "I expect that he will need 8-10 weeks to fully recover, after which he will be back to life as usual."

Uecker returned to the broadcast booth July 23 after his first procedure.

Inducted into the broadcasters' wing of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003, Uecker is in his 40th year as the play-by-play radio voice of the Brewers. He also served as play-by-play announcer for ABC Sports' coverage of the League Championship Series and World Series.

Uecker has enjoyed 55 years in professional baseball, first spending six seasons playing in the majors as a catcher for the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves franchise, St. Louis Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies. He won a World Series with the Cardinals in 1964.

Dubbed "Mr. Baseball" by the late Johnny Carson, Uecker has made memorable appearances in the movies "Major League" and "Major League II" as an announcer for the Cleveland Indians, and was famously known for his series of satiric commercials for Miller Lite.

The funnyman also starred as George on the popular television series "Mr. Belvedere," which syndicated 122 episodes.


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