Milwaukee Brewers broadcaster Bob Uecker has been released from Milwaukee’s Froedtert Hospital after undergoing successful heart surgery last Tuesday.“I want to thank the doctors and staff at Froedtert again for the terrific care throughout the surgery and recovery,” Uecker said. “I am encouraged to be going home and I appreciate the kind wishes from Brewers fans as I continue to recuperate.”The surgery was performed by Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin Cardiothoracic Surgeon Alfred C. Nicolosi, MD.“We’re pleased that Bob’s doing well and can continue his recovery at home,” Nicolosi said.No interviews are available at this time, but it is expected that Uecker will be made available to the media in a press briefing at Miller Park at some point during his recovery.
Brewers media relations director Mike Vassallo just passed along a quote from general manager Doug Melvin that will stand as Melvin’s statement about today’s Bobby Valentine rumors:
FoxSports.com reported tonight that Mets scout Bob Melvin and White Sox bench coach Joey Cora are among the candidates who will interview a second time for Milwaukee’s managerial opening. Another candidate, Pat Listach, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he was informed he’s out of the running.
Brewers amateur scouting director Bruce Seid confirmed today that the team is losing another of its top scouts. Assistant scouting director Ray Montgomery is leaving the Brewers to become the D-backs’ amateur scouting director.
Assistant Brewers scouting director Ray Montgomery is leaving the team to become the Arizona D-backs’ amateur scouting director, the Arizona Republic reported Wednesday night.
Good news from the Brewers:
Milwaukee Brewers radio broadcaster Bob Uecker today underwent successful heart surgery at Milwaukee’s Froedtert Hospital. The six-hour surgery was performed by Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin Cardiothoracic Surgeon Alfred C. Nicolosi, MD.“The surgery went very well,” said Nicolosi. “We did a limited repair of his pseudoaneurysm without having to redo anything from his first surgery.”It is expected that Uecker will remain hospitalized at Froedtert for approximately one week. The recovery time for the surgery is projected to be a minimum of eight weeks.“On behalf of the entire Brewers organization, we are relieved to know that Bob’s latest surgery went as planned, and we look forward to his complete and speedy recovery,” said Brewers Chairman and Principal Owner Mark Attanasio. “As always, we look forward to having Bob back at Spring Training in a little more than four months from now.”“Our family is thankful today’s surgery went as expected,” said Bob Uecker, Jr., son of Bob, Sr. “We again thank all of those who continue to provide support through expressions of concern and well wishes.”Periodic updates regarding Uecker’s condition will be announced through the Brewers. At this time, no interviews are being granted. All requests for information should be directed to the Brewers through the contact information listed above.
The Brewers extended two more invitations to Major League Spring Training camp this week, signing catcher Mike Rivera and right-hander Robert Hinton to Minor League contracts that promise a locker in the big league clubhouse at Maryvale Baseball Park.
Bill Ladson, MLB.com’s Washington Nationals scribe, adds another name to the list of Brewers managerial candidates. Here’s what he blogged this afternoon:
The Brewers received permission to talk to Nationals third-base coach Pat Listach about their managerial vacancy, according two baseball sources with knowledge of the situation.The interview between Listach and the Brewers will take place Tuesday in Milwaukee. Listach is currently managing Ponce of Puerto Rico Winter League and will fly to Milwaukee for the interview with general manager Doug Melvin.Listach and general manager Mike Rizzo were not available for comment.Listach has a history with the Brewers. He was drafted by the Brewers in the fifth round of the 1988 First-Year Player Draft. He would go on to play five Major League seasons with the Brewers. His best year was in 1992, when he hit .290 with one home run, 47 RBIs, 54 stolen bases and 93 runs scored. He would win American League Rookie of the Year honors for that great season.Listach has managerial experience. Listach managed in the Cubs’ Minor League system for four seasons, going 253-221. His best season was in 2008, when he guided Triple-A Iowa to an 83-59 record, and he is still respected by the organization.There is a possibility that Listach could get an interview with the Blue Jays. Another source said Listach is part of a long list of candidates who could replace Cito Gaston as manager.
The Brewers on Thursday began the most costly project at Miller Park in eight years, when a construction crew removed a 15,000-pound sign bearing the ballpark’s name. It was a dramatic first step in the offseason-long job of replacing Miller Park’s scoreboard system.