MILWAUKEE -- As reported by the Cardinals' flagship radio station KMOX, Cardinals broadcaster Mike Shannon is recovering well this week after undergoing a successful surgical procedure on Monday to replace his aorta valve.
The surgery had been planned for some time, and according to the station, Shannon is expected to make a complete recovery. He says through family that he expects to return to the broadcast booth before the end of the regular season.
"I would like to thank everyone for their prayers, heartfelt well-wishes and kind words. It means a lot to me," Shannon said to KMOX. "I'm looking forward to getting back in the booth and back to the game I love."
A rotation of Cardinals announcers will fill in for Shannon during his recovery. Al Hrabosky, Rick Horton and Mike Claiborne will be joining John Rooney in the radio booth through Sept. 23, the date Shannon plans to return.
Shannon played for the Cardinals from 1962-70 and won two World Series championships with the team (1964 and '67). He has been in the Cardinals' radio booth since 1972.
Kevin Massoth is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.