Statement from Brooks

Not many people are aware that Brooks Robinson has been dealing with a serious health issue. I'm thrilled to report that he was released from the hospital late yesterday and is doing fine.

Robinson and his family wanted to keep the matter private, which I certainly understand and respect. I'm just thankful that he's home again.

The following is a statement from No. 5, which I'm honored (and greatly relieved) to pass along to Oriole fans everywhere:

"On December 28, 2009, I had abdominal surgery. The surgery was successful and I anticipate a full recovery. I have assured my wife Connie and my doctors that I will take it easy over the next few months.

"I thank you for the outpouring of prayers, compassion and concern."

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