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Cubs GM undergoes angioplasty

December 8, 2006


— Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry was too busy at the baseball winter meetings to worry about his health.

He didn't feel right from the moment he arrived Sunday. But there were trades to make and free agents such as Ted Lilly to sign, so Hendry ignored several pleas from manager Lou Piniella and special assistant Gary Hughes to see a doctor.

"Piniella and myself, we were the first of many," Hughes said Thursday after revealing Hendry had undergone an angioplasty. "It took him awhile to get to the hospital because he thought it was more important to worry about the Rule 5 draft, Lilly, whatever. His priorities were skewed."

Team physician Stephen Adams sent the 51-year-old GM to an Orlando-area hospital for tests. Piniella drove him there, and doctors performed an angioplasty. But Hendry kept closing deals, finishing up a $40 million, four-year agreement with Lilly on Wednesday night from the hospital.

"Ted had no idea where (Hendry) was, or anything," Hughes said. "It was business as usual."

Hendry is expected to be released from the hospital today, a day after baseball's winter meetings conclude near Disney World.

"He's doing well," Piniella said Thursday afternoon.

"He's in good spirits," said Hughes. "Was he shook up about it? No. Should he have been? Yes. Will he learn a lesson? Hopefully. He's doing great. I spoke to him late last night. He's already working the phones."

Other GMs were not surprised to hear Hendry was making deals from the hospital: "That's Jimmy," said Brian Sabean of the San Francisco Giants.

Hendry has been one of baseball's busiest GMs this offseason, starting when he chose not to renew manager Dusty Baker's contract and brought in Piniella to replace him.


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