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June 12, 2011

Brooks Robinson expected to miss all-star game

Orioles Hall of Fame third baseman Brooks Robinson is not expected to make an appearance at the high school all-star game named for him that will be played after today after the Orioles-Rays game at Camden Yards.

The Brooks Robinson All-Star Game features the best players from each region of the state.

Robinson, who missed the announcement of the rosters on Wednesday, issued a statement Saturday to address recent questions about his health:

"As you may recall, I was hospitalized in April for a routine procedure. I was recently hospitalized for a follow up procedure, also routine, and am expecting that I will undergo two additional procedures over the next several months that will provide me with a complete recovery from a prior abdominal surgery.

"These are routine and expected procedures and I continue to remain cancer free. My wife, Connie and I are asking for privacy with respect to my medical care. Thank you for your kindness."

Following Wednesday's all-star announcement, Mount St. Joseph coach David Norton, who has served as chairman of the game since 1987, said it was only the second time he could remember Robinson not appearing at the announcement of the rosters.

In late March before he was supposed to undergo routine surgery, Robinson developed a fever and infection and was taken to GBMC, according to a statement he released shortly after being admitted. He stayed about two weeks. On April 23, a little more than a week after he left the hospital, he appeared at a memorabilia show at the Hilton in Pikesville.

Robinson was treated for prostate cancer in 2009, but has announced several times, including Saturday, that he remains cancer-free.

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