Baseball great Mickey Mantle was discharged from the hospital Wednesday after showing significant improvement from liver transplant surgery nearly three weeks ago, his doctor said.
“He was doing very, very well,” Dr. Robert Goldstein said. “We had a long talk (Wednesday morning) and decided to release him. He was very anxious to get out of the hospital.
“Because of his notoriety, he’s been rather isolated,” the transplant surgeon said. “He’s ready to spread his wings.”
The 63-year-old Hall of Famer has been recovering satisfactorily from a June 8 liver transplant at the Baylor University Medical Center, doctors say. He had been hospitalized since May 28.
Mantle had demanded that the staff not announce his release until after he had left the hospital.
Goldstein said Mantle has been spending 15 to 20 minutes a day on an exercise bicycle and managed to walk out of the hospital Wednesday.