CHICAGO — Rays senior adviser Don Zimmer remains hospitalized in St. Petersburg and on a ventilator following April 16 heart surgery, but he is showing slight signs of improvement, son Tom said in an email.
"He is not out of the woods, but this was the most positive day I have seen to date," Tom wrote.
Don Zimmer, 83, has been more awake, and though unable to talk due to the breathing tube, he has been able to communicate with family, mostly by nodding, and has been watching some of the Rays games.
Though the surgery to repair a leaky valve was successful, the discovery of fibrosis in Don's lungs was a setback, Tom said. Doctors hope to soon get Zimmer to sit up then get out of bed, then eventually remove the breathing tube.
Marc Topkin, Times staff writer