Milwaukee Brewers radio announcer Bob Uecker needs surgery on his heart again after a tear was discovered at the site of his valve replacement.
The team says Uecker will have the surgery Tuesday that will be performed by the same doctors who did his initial procedure on April 30. Uecker’s recovery time is expected to be at least eight weeks.
“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, 75, said in a statement. “I look forward to being ready to go well before spring training in Arizona.”
Uecker returned to the booth in July after his first surgery that replaced his aortic valve, aortic root and part of his ascending aorta along with a coronary bypass.
He acknowledged his doctors weren’t thrilled about his decision to come back so quickly and joked that he let them throw out the first pitch for his first game back to persuade them.
Doctors believe the recent tear that requires the second surgery is due to a staph infection that he developed roughly six weeks after the April procedure.
Gerry Davis and Derryl Cousins have been named umpire crew chiefs for the two league championship series.
Major League Baseball said Thursday that Davis will head the crew for the ALCS between the New York Yankees and Texas Rangers. It will be the 21st postseason series of his career and eighth LCS. Brian Gorman, Angel Hernandez, Fieldin Culbreth, Jim Reynolds and Tony Randazzo round out his crew.
Cousins will be working his 15th postseason assignment and seventh championship series. On his crew for the NLCS between Philadelphia and San Francisco are Tom Hallion, Wally Bell, Ted Barrett, Jeff Nelson and Dan Iassogna.