Former Yankees pitcher and pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre has left the hospital after having a bad reaction with his chemotherapy medicine, according to multiple reports.
His wife, Jean, told the New York Daily News that her husband's health is improving.
"It wasn't the cancer that put him in the hospital," Jean Stottlemyre told the Daily News. "It was the reaction to his medicine. But everyone was worried about an infection, which would have been bad.
"They gave him antibiotics and tons of fluid because they were having a hard time keeping his blood pressure up. At one point it was 58 over 35. It got scary. But he's home and he's improved a lot, especially the last couple of days."
Previous Reports (Dec. 24)
Stottlemyre has seen his condition improve after his son Todd said he was "fighting for his life," according to the New York Daily News.
Stottlemyre's wife, Jean, told the Daily News that the former pitching coach has been doing better over the last day.
"He's doing much better,'' Stottlemyre's wife said on Saturday. "We saw a big turnaround with Mel over the last 24 hours. He's not in a life-threatening situation right now."
In 2000, Stottlemyre was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a type of bone marrow cancer. His son Todd, who was concerned earlier in the day about the status of his father's health, also noted his dad's recovery.
"Our family has been overwhelmed with Joy at the amount of love and prayers for my father and family," he said in a Facebook post. "Please know that the greatest warrior I have ever known is doing a lot better. He is recovering at God speed and he is looking forward to getting out of the hospital. It's just a matter of time before he is fishing again.
Stottlemyre was the team's pitching coach from 1996-2005, helping the Yankees claim four World Series titles and six pennants during that time. He pitched for the Yankees from 1964-1974 and was a five-time all-star.
In June 2015, he was honored with a plaque in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium.