Hall of Famer Rod Carew had successful heart transplant surgery on Friday and is recovering nicely. The 18-time All-Star with the Minnesota Twins and California Angels was 15 months removed from a heart attack, which he suffered near his Southern California home. During that time Carew, 71, was on a surgically implanted left ventricular assist device that was removed before undergoing the 13 hour procedure at Cedar-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He also received a new kidney to increase his chances of a full recovery. After the surgery, the seven-time batting champion received many well-wishes from the baseball community.
— Johnny Bench (@Johnny_Bench5) December 15, 2016
Wishing rod carew a speedy recovery can't wait to see that big smile again this July in Cooperstown
— George Brett (@GeorgeHBrett) December 16, 2016
— Vladimir Guerrero (@VladGuerrero27) December 17, 2016
Rod Carew goes 2 for 2…as if that’s never been written before. Get well, my friend! https://t.co/Awfb8ufgLP
— Victor Rojas (@VictorRojas) December 16, 2016
Best wishes to Rod Carew for a speedy & healthy road to recovery. And thanks to all who have cared for, and helped him along the way.
— Tim Mead (@TMeadAngels) December 16, 2016
We at LA Angels Insider also wish Rod a full recovery as well!