July 1, 1992
University of Texas outfielder Stephen Larkin, who has a heart condition, has been given medical clearance to play again. Larkin, the younger brother of Cincinnati Red shortstop Barry Larkin, missed seven games this season because he has a thickening of the heart that restricts blood flow and is believed to be the leading cause of sudden death among athletes.
July 13, 1996 |
Kirby Puckett, one of baseball's best and most charismatic players, announced his retirement Friday after the latest in a series of laser procedures on his right eye showed irreversible damage to the retina.
May 22, 1996 |
After all the cancer that was evident was removed in a three-hour operation Tuesday on Brett Butler's neck and throat, surgeon William Grist said that he is optimistic about the Dodger center fielder's chances for a full recovery. "Everything went as well as it possibly could have," Grist, Emory University Hospital's chief of head and neck surgery, told Butler's wife, Eveline, upon emerging from the operating room. "Nothing happened that we didn't plan."
May 3, 2000 |
Veteran first baseman Wally Joyner went to the Atlanta Braves last winter in a six-player trade with the San Diego Padres as an insurance policy if Andres Galarraga was unable to return because of the cancer in his spine. It is not as if the Braves have canceled the policy, but Joyner has been restricted to a premium seat as he watches Galarraga manufacture the comeback of this or any year.
April 8, 1997 |
Brett Butler, scratched from the starting lineup after complaining of pain in his neck, raced home with the winning run on Tom Prince's infield single with two out in the 15th to lift the Dodgers to a 3-2 victory over the New York Mets at Dodger Stadium on Monday night. The Dodgers spent much of the day fearing the unknown, praying Butler's visit to an ear, nose and throat specialist was just a routine examination that would discover nothing abnormal.
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August 24, 1996 |
The transaction notice moved May 10: "Los Angeles Dodgers CF Brett Butler will miss the remainder of the season." A possibility, it seemed, for a man diagnosed with throat cancer and facing two surgeries and weeks of radiation treatments.