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Los Angeles Dodgers' Tommy Lasorda 'doing well' after surgery to replace pacemaker

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The Sports Xchange
Former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda and his wife Jo Lasorda walk on the field as the Dodgers honored him on his 87th birthday. File photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI
Former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda and his wife Jo Lasorda walk on the field as the Dodgers honored him on his 87th birthday. File photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

Former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda underwent surgery to replace his pacemaker on Thursday.

The Dodgers announced Friday on Twitter that the 89-year-old Lasorda is "doing well" after the procedure.

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"Tommy Lasorda underwent surgery to replace his pacemaker yesterday. He's doing well and looking forward to returning to Dodger Stadium," the team wrote on Twitter.

Lasorda has been hospitalized since early this month. He appeared at Dodger Stadium on May 3 as part of a ceremony to honor legendary broadcaster Vin Scully.

The Hall of Fame manager has a history of heart problems. He has been hospitalized multiple times in recent years, including a 10-day stint last October during the Dodgers' playoff run that was related to back and shoulder issues. He was hospitalized after a heart attack in 2012 when he received his first pacemaker.

Lasorda was forced to give up his role as manager in 1996 after suffering a heart attack. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame the next year.

Lasorda is serving as a special adviser to Dodgers chairman and controlling owner Mark Walter while in his 68th season with the organization. He managed the club from 1976 to 1996, winning four National League pennants and two World Series.

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