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Tommy Lasorda has surgery to replace pacemaker

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Said to be resting comfortably, per Dodgers

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Tommy Lasorda, seen here throwing out the first pitch on opening day at Dodger Stadium.
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LOS ANGELES -- Hall of Fame former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda underwent surgery on Thursday to replace his pacemaker, the team announced on Friday.

“He's doing well and looking forward to returning to Dodger Stadium,” a team spokesperson said.

“I spoke to Tommy a few days ago, and he was in a pretty good place,” manager Dave Roberts said Friday. “I encouraged him to get back to the ballpark. We have a seat for him, and we need him. Hopefully we’ll get him here in the near future.”

Lasorda has been hospitalized for a week, with the team releasing a short statement last Saturday that said “Lasorda is resting comfortably and appreciates all of the support.”

TMZ reported on May 20 that Lasorda was recovering from an infection, though the team released no details. The TMZ report said Lasorda was expected to be released from the hospital within the next week.

Lasorda, 89, is now a special advisor to Dodgers chairman Mark Walter, and is a regular fixture at most home games. Lasorda helped unveil Vin Scully’s microphone plaque on May 3 when Scully was inducted into the Dodgers ring of honor.

Jill Painter Lopez has more from Roberts for the Associated Press:

“He means a lot, not only to me personally but to the coaches, players and obviously the players and the city,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said before the game against Miami.

“I consider him a friend. He’s helped me along the way and supported me, rode me a little when I needed it. Given me a hard time, which is great. To see him in the clubhouse, in my office, watching batting practice is always nice. We can’t wait to get him back out here,” he said.