Touch 'Em All: Lasorda hospitalized after heart attack

Posted: June 07, 2012

Former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda was in New York-Presbyterian Hospital on Tuesday after what the team called a "mild" heart attack.

The 84-year-old Hall of Famer became ill Monday while in town to represent the club at the Major League Baseball draft.

The Norristown native was resting comfortably after doctors inserted a stent to correct a blocked artery, the team said in a release.

"The doctors confirmed I do bleed Dodger Blue," Lasorda chirped in the statement.

According to Yahoo Sports, Lasorda appeared fine on Sunday, signing autographs at a media gathering and dining at an Italian restaurant in Brooklyn.

The jovial baseball ambassador even sang with the accordion player as another former manager, Lou Piniella, looked on.

Lasorda was forced to retire from managing the Dodgers in June 1996 when he suffered a heart attack that required surgery.

Injury of the week

The New York Mets placed righthander Ramon Ramirez on the 15-day DL with a strained right hamstring. Ramirez injured himself running in from the bullpen to join in the celebration of Johan Santana's no-hitter on Friday, manager Terry Collins said, while struggling to keep a straight face.

Rookie flirts with no-no

Rookie righthander Jarrod Parker came within six outs of a no-hitter for Oakland on Monday night, but settled for eight innings of one-hit ball and a 12-1 win over Texas.

The Rangers' Michael Young singled to lead off the eighth and end the 23-year-old Parker's bid for a no-no.

A gift for daughter

Former Mets and Orioles executive and current MLB Radio host Jim Duquette donated one of his kidneys to his 10-year-old daughter, Lindsey, on Monday at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

Father and daughter are recovering and the surgeries were deemed a success.

Around the bigs

The Red Sox sent righthander Daniel Bard (5-6) to triple-A Pawtucket to work on his mechanics. Bard lasted less than two innings in his start at Toronto on Sunday and has an ERA of 5.24 this season.

Cleveland catcher Carlos Santana returned from a concussion Tuesday and batted cleanup while serving as the designated hitter.

Indians manager Manny Acta said Santana would probably be back behind the plate Wednesday night.

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This article contains information from the Associated Press.

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