Uecker might return next month
MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee Brewers Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Uecker said he might resume calling home games next month after his recent heart surgery.
"I'm doing unbelievably well -- strong -- and hopefully I'll be able to get back in the booth before too much longer," he said Friday. "That's what I really want to do."
Uecker showed up at Miller Park looking healthy, with plenty of color in his face, after having surgery exactly two weeks ago. He was expected to miss up to three months.
"I don't know if I'm as good as I look -- a couple of beers will make your face blush," Uecker joked.
Uecker, who has made a 40-year career out of delighting baseball fans with his self-deprecating sense of humor, turned serious for several minutes. He thanked fans, the Brewers and the hospital and doctors in charge of his care, Alfred Nicolosi and Jim Kleczka.
Kleczka said he would evaluate Uecker in early June, paving his way for a comeback, but Kleczka said it would "certainly no sooner than six weeks from time of surgery."
Uecker had his aortic valve, aortic root and part of his ascending aorta replaced as well as having a coronary bypass. After his news conference, he spent about 30 minutes in and around the clubhouse talking to players and Brewers personnel.
Uecker, who again said he has no plans to retire, also missed about six weeks in 1991 after an abdominal aortic aneurysm and hopes his bouts with major surgeries are over.
"It was an experience," he said. "I don't want to go through it again."
In the meantime, he acknowledged he's bored even though he's walking several miles a day. He said he's still keeping tabs on the Brewers, watching on TV and listening to his broadcast partner, Cory Provus, on the radio.
"I watch and listen," Uecker said. "That way I can't hear either one."
Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press
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