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Hank Aaron has partial hip replacement surgery after falling on ice

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Atlanta Braves legend and former Major League Baseball home run king Hank Aaron is expected to make a full recovery after undergoing a partial left hip replacement on Friday night.

According to the Braves, Aaron had the procedure after slipping and falling on ice in Atlanta earlier in the day. As we know, the Atlanta area has been tormented by unusually icy and dangerous conditions for the past couple weeks.

David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports the surgery was performed by Dr. Scott Gillogly and considered to be a success. The expectation is Aaron will be able to return to his routine activities within six to eight weeks.

Braves president John Schuerholz released the following statement on Aaron: “The entire Atlanta Braves organization have Hank in our thoughts and prayers and wish him a complete and speedy recovery,”

Just last week the Hall of Famer celebrated his 80th birthday in style. On Friday, he was honored with a toast in Washington DC. Among those in attendance were fellow Hall of Famers Jim Rice, Rickey Henderson and Ozzie Smith. Then, over the weekend, Aaron appeared and spoke briefly at the Smithsonian American Art Museum at an event where Ross Rossin's incredible portrait painting of Aaron was added to the National Portrait Gallery. An honor Aaron says ranks among the highest in his decorated life.

Here's hoping Hammerin' Hank's recovery goes as planned as it's obvious he still loves to travel and make appearances when asked. His full steam ahead determination works in his favor, and it wouldn't be a shock to see him getting around on his own when opening day rolls around at Turner Field.

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