Pittsburgh Pirates right-handed pitcher Gage Hinsz had successful open heart surgery on May 8th to repair a failed heart valve in order to avoid replacing it in the future. The surgery takes at least 2-3 months for full recovery and as of right now, he is expected to return to baseball next spring. According to a recent update, Hinsz was getting a checkup yesterday to see if he was able to be sent home to continue his recovery.

This is a free article so we could highlight the fundraiser set up for the post-surgery medical expenses incurred by Hinsz. Since the surgery wasn’t baseball-related, the post-surgery medical and everyday expenses aren’t covered. Feel free to share the link to help spread the word.

UPDATE: The GoFundMe page has closed donations, due to lower than anticipated recovery fees. More updates will be provided later.

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John Dreker
John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.