Orioles Hall of Fame third baseman Brooks Robinson today put out a statement to address recent questions about his health:
"As you may recall, I was hospitalized in April for a routine procedure. I was recently hospitalized for a follow up procedure, also routine, and am expecting that I will undergo two additional procedures over the next several months that will provide me with a complete recovery from a prior abdominal surgery.
"These are routine and expected procedures and I continue to remain cancer free. My wife, Connie and I are asking for privacy with respect to my medical care. Thank you for your kindness."
Robinson's health became an issue when the Hall-of-Famer was missing from the press conference this week to introduce the rosters for the 30th annual Brooks Robinson High School All-Star Game.
Following Wednesday's all-star announcement, Mount St. Joseph coach David Norton, who has served as chairman of the game since 1987, said it was only the second time he could remember Robinson not appearing at the announcement of the rosters.
In his opening remarks at the Warehouse at Camden Yards, local sportscaster Keith Mills touched on why Robinson was not present.
"And the reason Brooks is not here today is because, as many of you know, he is battling a very, very serious illness and [is] a little under the weather once again," Mills said. "I know I speak for all of you in wishing the best for Brooks as he continues this incredible fight that he has partaken the last couple of years."
In late March before he was supposed to undergo routine surgery, Robinson developed a fever and infection and was taken to GBMC, according to a statement he released shortly after being admitted. He stayed about two weeks. On April 23, a little more than a week after he left the hospital, he appeared at a memorabilia show at the Hilton in Pikesville.
Robinson was treated for prostate cancer in 2009, but has announced several times, including today, that he remains cancer-free.
The Brooks Robinson All-Star Game, which features the best players from each region of the state, will be played Sunday at Camden Yards after the Orioles' 1:35 p.m. game against the Tampa Bay Rays.