Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Digest: Major Health Issues for Hall of Famer Carew

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Digest: Major Health Issues for Hall of Famer Carew

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Baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew is preparing to receive a new heart and undergo a kidney transplant.

His wife Rhonda confirmed the procedures on Thursday through the American Heart Association News.

The 71-year-old former hitting star has struggled with heart issues since September 2015 when he had a heart attack and went into cardiac arrest while undergoing a procedure to open clogged arteries.

A machine has kept Carew alive since he nearly died 15 months ago. Doctors say the kidney transplant will improve his chances for a strong recovery.

Phillies, Herrera agree to five-year deal * Outfielder Odubel Herrera and Philadelphia have agreed to a $30.5 million, five-year contract.

Herrera was an NL All-Star this year in his second season in the major leagues. He batted .286 with 15 homers, 87 runs and 25 stolen bases.

Other baseball news * San Diego infielder Yangervis Solarte is the winner of the 2016 Tony Conigliaro Award, which is given to the player who overcomes adversity through "spirit, determination and courage." Solarte's wife died of cancer in September at the age of 31; he missed time to be with his wife and take care of his three daughters but played in 109 games, batting .286 and setting career highs with 15 home runs and 71 RBIs. ... Colorado took a step to shore up its shaky bullpen Thursday, agreeing to a $19 million, three-year contract with reliever Mike Dunn, a 31-year-old lefthander who went 6-1 with a 3.40 ERA in 51 appearances for the Miami Marlins last season. ... Milwaukee has signed former Oakland Athletics infielder Eric Sogard to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring traiing. He hit .247 with a homer and 37 RBIs in 120 games for Oakland in 2016.

Stanford, Texas advance to volleyball final * Inky Ajanaku had 15 kills and nine blocks as No. 9 Stanford beat top-ranked Minnesota 3- 1 Thursday night in Columbus, Ohio, to reach the NCAA women's volleyball final. …

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