Former Yankees star doing well following brain surgery

NEW YORK -- Bobby Murcer is back home in Oklahoma and doing well after surgery last week to remove a brain tumor.

The former New York Yankees star was released from a Houston hospital Sunday night and spent New Year's Eve in the city with his family, the team said Friday in a statement. Doctors cleared him to return to Oklahoma, which he did Tuesday.

Murcer, 60, has been relaxing and enjoying everyday activities, and hasn't had any setbacks since the surgery, the Yankees said. He is scheduled to return to Houston next week to consult with doctors at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, one of the top cancer facilities in the nation.

Murcer, now a Yankees broadcaster, had brain surgery at the hospital last Thursday. The tumor was discovered following an MRI on Christmas Eve after he had been having headaches and feeling a loss of energy.

Murcer played 17 seasons in the major leagues from 1965-83 and was a five-time All-Star and a Gold Glove-winning outfielder. He batted .277 with 252 home runs and 1,043 RBI with the Yankees, San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs.

After his retirement, Murcer won three Emmy Awards for live sports coverage as the voice of the Yankees.