Robinson cheered by well wishes

BY foxsports • April 2, 2011

Hall-of-Fame third baseman Brooks Robinson was cheered Saturday after being inundated with well-wishes following his admission to a Baltimore hospital earlier this week for a fever and infection, The Baltimore Sun reported.

Officials at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center said Robinson was "absolutely delighted" after receiving printouts of emailed notes as hordes of people sent messages to the hospital after a special address was set up.

"On Friday night, we printed 100 email messages, put them in a binder and the hospital's chaplain, Joe Hart, delivered the binder of notes to Brooks and his wife," GBMC spokesman Michael Schwartzberg said. "'Joe tells me, '[Brooks] was absolutely delighted. When the nurse encouraged him to sleep, he responded, 'Yes I will, but first I want to enjoy this wonderful gift.'"

Robinson earlier sent his own positive message to his many fans earlier Friday.

"I had a successful procedure [Thursday] to relieve the symptoms of the infection," the 73-year-old said in a press release. "The doctors are optimistic that the inflammation and infection will be completely cleared by the end of the weekend and they can move forward with my originally scheduled routine procedure early next week."

"I continue to be in the expert care of the doctors, nurses and staff at Greater Baltimore Medical Center and continue to move forward to a complete recovery," Robinson said. "Thank you again for your prayers and outpouring of support."

The 1964 AL MVP was scheduled for a "routine outpatient procedure" Thursday, but fell ill Wednesday night. He said there was no link between his current ailment and his successful treatment for prostate cancer in 2009.

Robinson, who was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983, was an 18-time All-Star during his remarkable 23-year career with the Orioles. He won 16 Gold Gloves during his career, the most by any third baseman in major league history.

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