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Puckett in Critical Condition after Stroke

Puckett in Critical Condition after Stroke, Surgery

Hall of Fame outfielder Kirby Puckett was in critical condition early Monday after undergoing surgery for a stroke he had on Sunday. Puckett, 44, remained in intensive care at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, hospital spokeswoman Kimberly Lodge said. Puckett was moved to the hospital after undergoing surgery at Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn.

“Tough day,” former Twins manager Tom Kelly said Monday at the Twins’ training camp. “It could get worse.”

Puckett had surgery to drain blood and relieve pressure resulting from bleeding in the brain, two sources familiar with the situation told The Star Tribune of Minneapolis.

The Twins announced from their spring training camp in Fort Myers, Fla. that Puckett had a stroke at his Arizona home Sunday and was taken to a hospital for surgery. The 44-year-old Puckett, who led the Twins to World Series titles in 1987 and 1991, had surgery at Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn, the team said, and was later moved to St. Joseph’s. “The Minnesota Twins and major league baseball ask fans to keep Kirby and his family in their thoughts and prayers,” the team said in a statement.

Ron Shapiro, who was Puckett’s agent, said he had been in contact with Puckett’s family Sunday but would not confirm his whereabouts. “We’re all praying for his recovery,” Shapiro said.

Sad. Puckett left the game an icon but he had been in a tailspin in recent years.

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