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Heart surgery ‘goes well’ for Arizona baseball coach Andy Lopez

Arizona reports a thumbs up on Andy Lopez's heart surgery. Photo by Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona reports a thumbs up on Andy Lopez’s heart surgery. Photo by Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

The triple bypass heart surgery for Arizona Wildcats baseball coach Andy Lopez “went well” Monday, according to a release from the athletic department.

“We are all thrilled to hear that Andy’s surgery went well,” athletic director Greg Byrne said in the release.

“He is receiving great care from the medical team, and we all wish him a complete and speedy recovery. Our thoughts and prayers will continue to go out to him and his family as he begins the recovery process.”

Lopez, 59, was hospitalized late last week. He was being held in intensive care following surgery.

He is expected to return to coaching and will be entering his 13th season at Arizona with a record of 437-267-1 with the Wildcats, highlighted by winning the 2012 College World Series.

Arizona started fall practice Monday and has media availability planned for Tuesday.

The athletic department notes that his family is appreciative of the support received in recent days, but respectfully asks for no visitors at the hospital.

Here is some reaction on Twitter …

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Former Arizona pitcher:

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Former Arizona media relations director:

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The “Voice of the Wildcats:”

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Current UA pitcher:

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