“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,” the 75-year-old Uecker said in a statement. “I look forward to being ready to go well before Spring Training in Arizona.”
Uecker underwent an initial operation on April 30 to replace his aortic valve, aortic root and part of his ascending aorta along with a coronary bypass. The doctors believe that Uecker suffered the tear after a staph infection in June.
“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, who has been treating Uecker. “I expect that he will need eight to 10 weeks to fully recover, after which he will be back to life as usual.”
Here’s to a speedy recovery for one of baseball’s finest announcers.