Hall of Famer Puckett suffers stroke

Hall of Famer Puckett suffers stroke

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Hall of Famer and former Twins great Kirby Puckett suffered a stroke on Sunday morning at his home in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Puckett, 44, was transported to Scottsdale Memorial Hospital and then airlifted to Scottsdale Osborne Hospital where he is undergoing Neo Surgery.

"The Minnesota Twins and Major League Baseball ask fans to keep Kirby and his family in their thoughts and prayers," the club said in a written statement.

A 10-time All-Star, Puckett spent 12 seasons playing for the Twins before his career was cut short in 1996 due to irreversible damage to the retina in his right eye due to glaucoma. Puckett helped the Twins to two World Series titles during his career and retired as the Twins' all-time leader in hits (2,304), doubles (414), total bases (3,453), at-bats (7,244) and runs (1,071).

Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.