Hall-of-Famer Lou Brock is recovering after surgery to amputate the lower portion of his left leg.
According to MLB.com, Brock suffered from an infection related to diabetes.
A regular presence around Busch Stadium and at the Cardinals’ Spring Training site in Jupiter, Fla., Brock was hospitalized “a couple of weeks ago.” Doctors had to amputate the left leg just below the knee.
According to family spokespeople, Brock is already getting around with a walker and will be fitted with a prosthetic.
— KSDK NewsChannel 5 (@ksdknews) November 11, 2015
Lou Brock spent 19 years in professional baseball – the majority of that time playing left field for the St. Louis Cardinals. In 1977, Brock broke Ty Cobb’s all-time stolen base record. He was a six-time All-Star.
Brock finished his career with over 3,000 hits and 938 stolen bases.
He currently works as special instructor for the Cardinals organization.
Twitter has been quick to send well wishes to Brock and his family:
Thinking of the great Lou Brock, a big supporter of our deaf baseball camp. Lost part of his left leg due to diabetes and an infection. GWS
— Mike Bush (@mikebushksdk) November 11, 2015
I love Lou Brock and his family with all of my heart. He will rally from this, because that's what he does. He makes the best of everything.
— Tom Ackerman (@Ackerman1120) November 11, 2015
— Doug Duchardt (@DougDuchardt) November 11, 2015
When I was a kid, met Lou Brock at an Old-Timers event at Fenway. Sat and talked w/me about my sports/school. All class. Wish him the best.
— Vinnie P. (@VinP27) November 11, 2015