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Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Updated: June 6, 3:28 PM ET
Tommy Lasorda had heart attack

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NEW YORK -- Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda was hospitalized in stable condition Tuesday, a day after having a "mild" heart attack while representing the Los Angeles Dodgers at the Major League Baseball draft.

Tommy Lasorda
Tommy Lasorda was hospitalized after having a "mild" heart attack.

The Dodgers said doctors inserted a stent to repair a blocked artery in Lasorda's heart. The energetic, enthusiastic 84-year-old was resting comfortably and there was a chance he could return to California on Wednesday.

"The doctors confirmed I do bleed Dodger Blue. I'm looking forward to being back at the stadium to cheer on the Dodgers," Lasorda said, according to the Dodgers' Twitter feed.

Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson took Lasorda's sense of humor as a sign that he is doing all right.

"He's had a couple [attacks] before, so he's in New York for the draft and probably went out and pounded a huge meal, and went down," said Gibson, who was managed by Lasorda during his playing career.

"I've eaten several meals with him, so I know what it's like. I felt like I was having a heart attack after eating with him as well."

On Wednesday, Lasorda tweeted: "Fans and friends, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your well-wishes. Your thoughts and prayers are the best medicine I can take."

TMZ first reported Lasorda's condition. He is in his sixth decade working for the Dodgers organization, starting out as a pitcher when the team was still in Brooklyn.

Lasorda had a heart attack in June 1996 while he was the Dodgers' manager and retired the next month. He guided the Dodgers to 1,599 victories and won the World Series in 1981 and 1988, the team's last two titles.

The Dodgers won four NL pennants and eight division titles in his 20-year career.

Lasorda has worked in the team's front office since his retirement and has been a constant presence around the Dodgers. He was with them in spring training this year and drew a nice ovation at Dodger Stadium last week when he was at a game and his picture was shown on the video board.

At the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Lasorda managed the U.S. team to a gold medal in baseball.

Last September, in honor of Lasorda's birthday, current Dodgers manager Don Mattingly had Lasorda serve as an honorary coach in a game against San Francisco. He presented the lineup card to the umpires before the first pitch.

Lasorda was in the New York area this week and was set to announce the Dodgers' picks at the draft held across the Hudson River in New Jersey.

Before Tuesday's game against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, Mattingly said he had spoken with Colin Gunderson, Lasorda's personal assistant, and received a positive report.

"Colin said Tommy is feeling good and wants to say hi to everybody. He's just tired," Mattingly said. "He's in good spirits. It's one of those things I'm glad they caught early."

Angels manager Mike Scioscia, whose entire playing career was under Lasorda, said he sent a text message to Lasorda and spoke with his wife, Jo. The Angels play a series at Dodger Stadium starting Monday.

"Naturally, we're concerned any time you get news like that," Scioscia said. "But all the reports are that he's resting comfortably. Hopefully this will be just a little blip on the radar and we'll catch up with him when he's back out here and gets out to some ballgames."

Information from ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick, ESPNLosAngeles.com's Mark Saxon and The Associated Press was used in this report.