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Santo out of hospital, plans to return to booth

Cubs great Ron Santo was released from the hospital on Tuesday night and was resting at home, WGN radio
reporter Dave Kaplan said.

Santo was hospitalized for a heart
ailment that did not require surgery. He's expected to miss the
team's upcoming six-game trip.

The Chicago Tribune Web site reported that Santo is expected to return to the WGN-AM broadcast booth May 4 for the game against Washington at Wrigley Field.

Santo's health problems are well-documented. He played much of his career with Type I diabetes but still hit 337 home runs, was a nine-time All-Star and won five Gold Gloves. Due to the disease he has had both of his legs amputated below the knee. He also had a
heart bypass in 2000 and was diagnosed with bladder tumors four
years ago.

The 67-year-old Santo has fallen just short of election to the Hall of Fame in recent years.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.