COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn was absent from induction ceremonies this weekend as he recovers from gastric surgery.
Gwynn, who has battled his weight for several years, underwent the surgery last Monday in San Diego and is expected to be hospitalized for another few days.
According to the Mayo Clinic website, aside from aiding in losing weight, gastric surgery also can help conditions associated with "Type 2 (adult-onset) diabetes, high-blood pressure, high-blood cholesterol, obstructive sleep apnea and gastroesophageal reflux disease."
Currently the baseball coach at San Diego State University, Gwynn, 49, has a small window of time in which to schedule such a procedure between fall practice, the spring season and recruiting.
Of the 65 living Hall of Famers, 50 were in attendance Sunday as Rickey Henderson, Jim Rice and Joe Gordon were inducted.