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Frank Viola recovered from heart surgery, ready to serve as Mets’ Triple-A pitching coach

May 29, 2014, 7:20 PM EDT

Frank Viola

Fantastic news to pass along here, as Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that former Cy Young Award winner Frank Viola has fully recovered from open-heart surgery and is ready to serve as the pitching coach for the Mets’ Triple-A affiliate in Las Vegas.

Viola spent the past three seasons as the pitching coach in A-ball with the organization, but he was slated to move up to Triple-A this year. However, he had open-heart surgery on April 2 after an issue was detected during a spring training physical. Viola told Andy Martino of the New York Daily News last month that the surgery functioned as a wake-up call for him, as he has lost 19 pounds and has never felt better. Great to hear.

Viola will represent the Mets at the First-Year Player Draft next Thursday in Secaucus, New Jersey before joining Triple-A Las Vegas on Friday. He’ll be quite a resource for top prospect Noah Syndergaard, who is currently recovering from a flexor pronator strain in his right elbow.

  1. tommyt39 - May 29, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    Congrats Frankie! Always loved you as a Twin!!!

    • don444 - Jun 6, 2014 at 10:08 AM

      Always was a fan of “String Music” Viola even though I hated those noxious Twins teams of the “Homerdome” era. Glad to hear they caught his issue and he’s doing well.

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