HOJO HOSPITALIZED AFTER BEING HIT BY LINE DRIVE

Dallas Star-Telegram
03.25.2018

Former New York Mets third baseman Howard Johnson is recovering after being hit with a line drive on his left cheekbone, below his eye. Johnson was taken from the Rangers dugout on a stretcher and transported to a local hospital for evaluation.

Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus said, “It got there really quick. It was ugly. He was awake and he responded to all of the medial questions. So that’s a good sign.”

Johnson was a member of the 1986 World Series championship team. He played nine seasons with the Mets, batting .251 with 192 home runs and 629 RBI.

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STAUB SUFFERING FROM KIDNEY FAILURE

New York Daily News
03.02.2018

Rusty Staub is in a Florida hospital, battling kidney failure. Multiple media have reported his condition as “critical.”

According to reports, doctors are working to control a staph infection that has led to kidney failure. Staub was rushed to the hospital last month after he “collapsed on a golf course … in a weakened, dehydrated condition — which quickly deteriorated when his kidneys began to fail.”

Staub had two tenures with the Mets, from 1972-1975 and 1981-1985. During his nine-year stint in New York, Staub played in 942 games and batted .276. He is second on the Mets all-time leader list for pinch hits (77) and holds the single season franchise record for most outfield assists (19 in 1974).