Brother of Joe Torre has match for kidney transplant

Updated: February 27, 2007, 1:12 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

Frank Torre, the former major leaguer and brother of New York Yankees manager Joe Torre, had a heart transplant in 1996. Now he needs a kidney transplant, and according to a report in the Palm Beach Post, two of his children are a match.

The 75-year-old Torre could undergo the procedure in late March or early April.

"I'm very excited. I really haven't digested it yet," Frank Torre told the paper. "I don't want to get too enthused, because I don't want something to go wrong. But hopefully it'll happen right after Easter [April 8]."

Elizabeth Torre, 37, and Frank Torre Jr., 30, are scheduled for more tests to confirm their ability to undergo the procedure.

"I am absolutely ready to do it. He's my father," Elizabeth Torre told the paper. "Obviously, it's a little scary, but I've read enough about it to know it has a very high success rate. "And he has no options, because if he stays on a kidney waiting list, he'll never get one."

Frank Torre has been taking medication so his body will not reject his heart. The drugs have taken a toll on his kidneys. He said that he called Joe Torre with the good news.

"I called his office and he was out on the field. He left the team and came off the field to call me back. He was ecstatic and relieved,'' Frank Torre told the paper.

Frank Torre played in the major leagues from 1956-63 with the Milwaukee Braves and the Philadelphia Phillies. The Braves beat the Yankees in the 1957 World Series, and Torre homered twice. The Yanks won the rematch in 1958.