Arroyo suffers 'mild heart attack'

Updated: July 17, 2010, 7:23 PM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- Luis Arroyo, a left-handed relief pitcher who was a member of the Yankees' 1961 and 1962 World Series championship teams, suffered a "mild heart attack" while on a Yankees-sponsored cruise Friday night, according to a team spokesman.

Arroyo, 73, was said to be resting comfortably in a New York area hospital, although Yankees officials could not provide his condition nor which hospital he was in. According to several former players who were on the cruise, part of the Yankees Old-Timers' weekend festivities, Arroyo became ill on the boat and was removed to a hospital.

During the Old-Timers' Day ceremony, a statement was read from the Arroyo family expressing disappointment and regret at Luis' absence from the event.

Earlier in the day, it was announced that 85-year-old Yogi Berra would also miss the ceremony after being injured in a fall at his home Friday in Montclair, N.J.

Arroyo pitched in four seasons for the Yankees, compiling a 22-10 record and 3.12 ERA, and in 1961 compiled a league-high 29 saves. He was the winning pitcher in Game 3 of the 1961 World Series, won in five games by the Yankees over the Cincinnati Reds.

Wallace Matthews covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com. Follow him on Twitter.

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