Santo out of hospital, plans to return to booth

Updated: April 25, 2007, 12:54 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

Cubs great Ron Santo was released from the hospital on Tuesday night and was resting at home, WGN radio reporter Dave Kaplan said.

Santo was hospitalized for a heart ailment that did not require surgery. He's expected to miss the team's upcoming six-game trip.

The Chicago Tribune Web site reported that Santo is expected to return to the WGN-AM broadcast booth May 4 for the game against Washington at Wrigley Field.

Santo's health problems are well-documented. He played much of his career with Type I diabetes but still hit 337 home runs, was a nine-time All-Star and won five Gold Gloves. Due to the disease he has had both of his legs amputated below the knee. He also had a heart bypass in 2000 and was diagnosed with bladder tumors four years ago.

The 67-year-old Santo has fallen just short of election to the Hall of Fame in recent years.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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