Tommy Lasorda 'doing well' after pacemaker replacement surgery

LOS ANGELES -- Hall of Fame manager Tom Lasorda is recovering after surgery to replace his pacemaker.

The Los Angeles Dodgers said Friday on Twitter that Lasorda "is doing well." He had the surgery Thursday.

Tommy Lasorda underwent surgery to replace his pacemaker yesterday. He's doing well and looking forward to returning to Dodger Stadium.

— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) May 26, 2017

A team official says Lasorda will be undergoing rehab for the next few days before being released from the hospital, where the 89-year-old former Dodgers manager has been for over two weeks.

He has a history of heart problems, including a heart attack in 2012 when he received a pacemaker for the first time. Lasorda has been hospitalized several times in the last year, including after a fall in August.

Lasorda is a special adviser to the team's chairman. He guided the team to two World Series titles, including their last in 1988. He's spent nearly seven decades in the Dodgers' organization, beginning as a minor league pitcher in 1949.

Lasorda makes numerous appearances on behalf of the team, traveling often for charitable appearances, community events and visits to military personnel.


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