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Viola resting comfortably after open-heart surgery

VIOLA RESTING COMFORTABLY AFTER OPEN-HEART SURGERY NEW YORK (AP)--THE NEW YORK METS SAY FORMER PITCHER FRANK VIOLA IS RESTING COMFORTABLY AFTER HEART SURGERY. HIS CHILDREN, FRANK AND KALEY, HAD SAID ON TWITTER THAT THE 53-YEAR-OLD VIOLA WAS SCHEDULED FOR OPEN-HEART SURGERY WEDNESDAY. THE PITCHER RETIRED AS A PLAYER FOLLOWING THE 1996 SEASON. HE WAS HIRED BY THE METS IN JANUARY AS PITCHING COACH OF TRIPLE-A LAS VEGAS OF THE PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE, AND A HEART PROBLEM WAS DETECTED DURING A SPRING TRAINING EXAM. VIOLA WAS THE 1988 AL CY YOUNG AWARD WINNER. HE WENT 176-150 WITH A 3.73 ERA IN 15 MAJOR LEAGUE SEASONS WITH MINNESOTA, THE METS, BOSTON, CINCINNATI AND TORONTO. HIS DAUGHTER BRITTANY WAS A DIVER ON THE U.S. TEAM AT THE 2012 OLYMPICS.

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