By C. Trent Rosecrans
Great news from San Diego -- Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn not only is feeling well after his surgery to remove a malignant tumor from his right cheek, but he's also talking and laughing.
From Bill Center of the San Diego Uniton-Tribune:
"When I woke up and saw the clock, I just blurted out 'I made it,' " the Hall of Fame outfielder said Friday morning in an interview with U-T San Diego in his room at UC San Diego's Thornton Hospital.Gwynn said he didn't have a good feeling going into the surgery, but came out feeling even better than he did in his first surgery, 18 months ago. In the first, doctors didn't take out a nerve in his cheek for fear that it would paralyze that side of his face. On Tuesday, in part of a 14-hour surgery, doctors removed the nerve and replaced it with one from his neck and shoulder.
"As soon as I realized that I heard myself, I knew I could talk. We’re so far ahead of where we were last time."
According to Gwynn, doctors have told him it will be 18 months before the nerve totally regenerates. The head coach at San Diego State, Gwynn said he hopes to return to the field in about a month and also return to his duties as an analyst for the Padres' broadcasts.
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