NEW YORK (WFAN) – Beloved former Yankees bench coach Don Zimmer was back in his Florida home Thursday after being hospitalized for a week “due to kidney problems,” according to the Tampa Bay Times.
The 81-year-old senior advisor to the Tampa Bay Rays had endured three hospital stays in the past five weeks, the Times reported. Zimmer told the paper he was “happy to be home.”
Zimmer, who was expected begin dialysis, received a visit from former Yankees manager Joe Torre on Thursday, the Times reported.
“His kidneys are bad,” Tom Zimmer, Don’s son, told the paper Wednesday. “But dialysis is something you can get for a long time. He’s going to be fine.”
Zimmer helped New York to four World Series titles as Torre’s bench coach from 1996–2003. He was hired by the Rays in 2004 after a falling out with late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.
Besides being Torre’s right-hand man, Zimmer may be remembered most in New York for his infamous on-field scuffle with then-Boston Red Sox starter Pedro Martinez in the 2003 ALCS.
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