Hall of Fame third baseman Brooks Robinson was hospitalized on Thursday afternoon with a fever and infection.  Robinson’s sickness is reportedly not related to his cancer surgery undergone in 2009.

The 73 year old Oriole great issued a statement following the news.  Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com had the full statement in a blog post on Thursday.

“Thank you for your outpouring of concern. I was originally scheduled for a routine outpatient procedure at Greater Baltimore Medical Center on Thursday, March 31, 2011. The evening before surgery, I developed a fever and infection. My doctors chose to admit me to aggressively treat the infection and I am responding well to antibiotics.

“I am pleased to say that I continue to remain cancer free after my successful treatment for prostate cancer in 2009. I ask that you give me privacy. I look forward to a full recovery and thank you for your prayers.”

We wish Brook’s a speedy and safe recovery.