Dauer undergoes successful brain surgery

Dauer undergoes successful brain surgery

HOUSTON -- Astros first-base coach Rich Dauer is recovering in a Houston hospital after undergoing emergency brain surgery Friday to repair a blood clot in his brain, the team announced Monday.

In a brief statement, the club said Dauer was rushed to the hospital immediately after the Astros' championship parade on Friday. The team said the surgery was a success and "Coach Dauer is on the road to recovery."

"Richie Dauer has been an important part of our coaching staff since the Fall of 2014," Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said in a statement. "Our focus over the weekend and ongoing is to provide the necessary support to him and his family as he recovers. On behalf of our ownership group and the entire Astros family, we wish Richie a speedy recovery."

Dauer, 65, just completed his third season as the Astros' first-base coach. Prior to joining Houston, he spent two seasons as manager at Double-A San Antonio in the Padres organization, leading the Missions to the Texas League championship in 2013.

Dauer spent 10 years in the big leagues, all with the Baltimore Orioles, winning a World Series in 1983. He also spent four years as the third-base coach for the Rockies (2009-12), three seasons as bench coach in Milwaukee (2003-05), six seasons as third-base coach for the Royals (1997-2002) and two seasons as third-base coach with the Indians (1990-91).

"Richie and his family are a special part of our Astros family," said Astros manager A.J. Hinch said in a statement. "Our players, our coaching staff, and their respective families will continue to support Chris [his wife], Richie and their family through his recovery process."

Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.