Rod Carew, Hall of Fame baseball legend, will likely need a heart transplant following a massive heart attack.
On September 20th, Carew suffered a heart attack while playing a round of golf. He spent seven weeks in the hospital, and was given a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) – a battery-operated pump that pumps blood from the left ventricle into the aorta.
It’s a stopgap, though. Carew says he’s now regaining his strength enough to receive a heart transplant.
“They’ll put me on the list and see if they can find a heart for me,” Carew told the LA Times. “Otherwise, I’m going to be battery powered for a while. I’m like the bionic man.”
The former Minnesota Twins and California Angels great says he hopes to be at Spring training in March.
“I am thankful to the wonderful team of doctors and caring nurses that have given me a second chance at life,” Carew said. “They do wonderful work. Thanks to them, I can eagerly anticipate being on the field for my 50th Spring Training this March. I also look forward to returning to Cooperstown this July to mark the 25th anniversary of my induction in the Hall of Fame.”
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) November 24, 2015
Carew played from 1967 to 1978 with the Twins, and finished his career with the Angels in 1985. He coached for the Angel from 1992 to 1999 and the Milwaukee Brewers from 2000 to 2001. He’s an 18-time All-Star who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1991 – his first year on the ballot.
“The Pohlad family, Minnesota Twins organization and millions of fans across Twins Territory send love and prayers to Rod, Rhonda and the entire Carew family. We stand with the Carews in offering gratitude to the medical professionals who have cared for Rodney throughout this ordeal. As Rod’s journey unfolds, we are highly confident he will continue to demonstrate the same grace, focus and competitiveness exhibited throughout his Hall of Fame career. Get well soon No. 29, we’ll see you at Spring Training,” Twins president Dave St. Peter said in a statement.