Cardinals broadcaster Shannon recovering from heart surgery

The Cardinals' Mike Shannon underwent heart surgery
on Monday and will be out of the booth through late
September as he recovers from the successful operation
to replace his aortic valve.
KMOX in St. Louis reports this afternoon that longtime St. Louis Cardinals broadcaster Mike Shannon underwent aortic valve replacement surgery Monday and will be out of the booth as he recovers from the procedure.

Shannon, 74, is said to be "resting comfortably" and his family released a brief statement saying that he anticipates returning to work perhaps before the end of September.

“I would like to thank everyone for their prayers, heartfelt well-wishes and kind words. It means a lot to me,” Mike Shannon said, “I’m looking forward to getting back in the booth and back to the game I love.”

Shannon's place alongside John Rooney will be filled by Al Hrabosky, Rick Horton and Mike Claiborne, who will take turns at the microphone.

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