Former Florida Marlins manager Jack McKeon was “doing well” following heart bypass surgery Monday, Mike Redmond said Tuesday.
“I was told the surgery went well,” the current Marlins manager said during his pregame meeting with the media in Philadelphia. “He’s recovering. He’s in his room. All of us that have been around Jack are relieved that the surgery was successful and he is doing well.
“We wish him a speedy recovery. We miss Jack and can’t wait to get him back.”
McKeon, 82, originally had been scheduled to undergo the procedure Thursday at Duke University Hospital but the surgery was pushed back to Monday because another patient needed more immediate attention.
The Palm Beach Post reported last week McKeon, currently a Marlins special assistant, felt tightness in his chest while scouting at Double-A Jacksonville (Southern League). Tests showed two blocked arteries.
“I’m fine. I don’t have any pain,” McKeon told the Post. “I’ll get this done and hopefully this will last me 25 years.”
McKeon managed the Marlins to a World Series victory in 2003. Redmond was a member of that championship team.