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Kent Tekulve( Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Former Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Kent Tekulve (teh-KUL’-vee) is recovering from heart transplant surgery.

Allegheny General Hospital officials announced Tuesday that Tekulve was discharged on Friday after having the transplant on Sept. 5. The hospital released a statement from Tekulve and his doctors after the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review first reported the surgery in an interview with Tekulve Monday night.

Tekulve works for Root Sports Pittsburgh, regularly appearing on studio shows before and after Pirates games.

Tekulve’s surgeon, Dr. Stephen Bailey, says Tekulve is doing “extremely well” and should be “resuming normal daily activities very soon.”

Tekulve thanked his family and friends, the Pirates, Root Sports, and the medical staff and expressed “eternal gratitude for the gift of life that I received through organ donation.”

Tekulve hopes to resume his TV duties by spring training.

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