Ex-Dodger Pedro Guerrero reportedly in critical condition following stroke

Former Los Angeles Dodgers great Pedro Guerrero is reportedly in critical condition after suffering a massive stroke in New York.

Multiple reports say that the 60-year-old Guerrero faces a critical period over the next 36-72 hours.

Per the New York Daily News:

“He’s understanding and following simple commands. When we ask him to squeeze hands, he’s doing it. But he’s still in critical condition,” Dr. Rafael Ortiz, Lenox Hill’s chief of neuro-endovascular surgery and interventional neuroradiology, told The News Tuesday. “We’re going to have to wait. The next 36-72 hours are going to be critical. We’re giving him time to recover. He’s a strong man, being an athlete. I would imagine (that) would have an impact on him getting better from this. But it’s still early. It could go either way. He could get sicker again. Hopefully he continues to get better.”

Ortiz said Guerrero was admitted at first to Jamaica Hospital. The doctor, who was familiar with the the former Dodger slugger, said the staff at that hospital felt the damage was irreversible. However, Ortiz rushed to the hospital and a procedure was performed before Guerrero was transported to Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan.

“I operated on (Guerrero) two years ago for a [previous] cerebral bypass,” Dr. David Langer, the chairman of neurosurgery at Lenox Hill, and who operated on Guerrero two years ago for a separate, unrelated procedure, told the Daily News. “He did beautifully. I would say (the prognosis now) is guarded. I think it’s very likely he’ll survive.”

Guerrero was co-MVP of the ’81 World Series against the Yankees, when he slugged two homers, as Los Angeles won in six games. Over a 15-year career, he had a .300 batting average with 215 home runs.

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Dodgers great Pedro Guerrero reportedly in grave condition

Pedro Guerrero, the former Dodgers and Cardinals slugger who shared MVP honors in the 1981 World Series, reportedly is fighting for his life in a New York hospital.

The 60-year-old was hospitalized after suffering his second stroke in a little over two years, ESPN Deportes reported. The Dominican newspaper Hoy said Guerrero is on a ventilator at a hospital in the Bronx.

Guerrero previously was hospitalized in the Dominican Republic in February 2015 after a stroke but recovered quickly enough to attend an old-timer's game at Dodger Stadium three months later.

“It was serious. It was scary,” Guerrero said at the time, via MLB.com. “All the doctors that attended to me in the Dominican, they all said the same thing: ‘They can’t believe I’m alive.’ I’m serious. There’s one doctor who told me, ‘I don’t know if it’s the color of your blood or what, but 92, no 99 out of 100 people who had the same thing you had, they’re gone.’"

Guerrero was a five-time All-Star selection in 15 years in the majors and finished in the top five in National League MVP voting four times. His best season came in 1985, when he hit .320/.422/.577 and had 33 home runs for Los Angeles in 137 games.

He went 7-for-21 with a pair of homers and seven RBIs in the Dodgers' six-game win over the Yankees in the 1981 World Series and shared MVP honors with teammates Ron Cey and Steve Yeager.


Wife: Ex-Dodgers star Pedro Guerrero fighting for life after stroke

Former Los Angeles Dodgers star Pedro Guerrero is fighting for his life in a New York hospital after suffering a stroke, his wife told ESPN's Enrique Rojas.

Guerrero's wife, Roxanna Jimenez, said Tuesday that "Pedro suffered a massive stroke but he has improved in the last hours."

Guerrero was admitted to the Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan on Monday night.

"He's in a critical condition. But he's alive," Jimenez said. "Doctors are waiting for the blood pressure to improve to take the [ventilator] off so he can breathe on his own."

Jimenez said that at around 6 p.m. on Monday, they were in their car on the way to the gym when Pedro started feeling ill. Emergency responders took him to the Jamaica Center Hospital. He was then transferred to the Lenox Hill Hospital, where a bypass procedure was performed within his skull two years ago.

"Initially, doctors told me I should sign a document and get him disconnected from the machine and declare him [dead]," Jimenez said. "But I refused until I learned more about his affliction and after I spoke to the doctor that operated on him in Manhattan. Thank God we made the right decision.

"It was his second massive stroke," Jimenez told the Dominican Republic-based radio show Grandes en los Deportes. "He's recovering. The doctor said he can improve. He opened his eyes and is trying to communicate."

Some of Guerrero's former Dodgers teammates recalled how he had overcome that earlier stroke in recent years.

"He recovered from that, so God willing, he'll recover from this,'' said Steve Yeager, co-MVP of the 1981 World Series. "He's too young to have this happen to him.''

Guerrero was hospitalized in the Dominican Republic in 2015 for bleeding on the brain.

He spent 15 years in the major leagues with the Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals. He was MVP along with Ron Cey and Yeager in the Dodgers' victory over the New York Yankees in the 1981 World Series.

A five-time All-Star, Guerrero had a .300 career batting average with 215 home runs and 898 RBIs.

Orel Hershiser was called up to the Dodgers in 1983 to begin his major league pitching career, and Guerrero played behind him. Hershiser saw Guerrero last year at an alumni game at Dodger Stadium.

"It seemed like he had softened a lot, he was a kinder, gentler spirit,'' Hershiser said Tuesday. "It's sad for me to hear about what's going on now because it seemed like he was really contributing to everyone around him and the lives of everyone around him, bringing them a lot of happiness.''

In 1981, the Dominican earned a spot in right field when Reggie Smith was out with an arm injury. Guerrero was hitting .325 and the Dodgers were leading their division when a players' strike stopped the season in June. Play resumed in August and Guerrero's average dipped to .269 in the second half while the team slumped.

But the Dodgers rallied to win playoff series against Houston and Montreal. They advanced to meet the Yankees in the World Series for the third time in five years.

Guerrero's five RBIs in Game 6 led to a 9-2 victory and the team's first championship in 16 years.

"His career wasn't that long, but he certainly did damage in the time that he played,'' Cey said.

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