Markas recovering from blood clot surgery

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Angels play-by-play man and USC basketball broadcaster Rory Markas underwent surgery Monday to remove a blood clot from the right side of his head and will likely remain in intensive care at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles until Friday, and stay hospitalized for an undetermined amount of time for treatment and rehab.

Angels spokesman Tim Mead said Markas’ family was encouraged by the prognosis after talking to doctors and a full recovery is expected.

Markas, a Chatsworth native and Palmdale resident who attended Cal State Northridge, finished his seventh season calling Angels games for FSN West and KCOP Channel 13, as well as 830-AM on the radio.

He is about to start his 11th season of USC basketball for KSPN-AM (710). He also does news reporting for KTTV-Channel 11.

Markas reportedly felt dizzy and had headaches while working at Channel 11 on Friday and saw a doctor, who had him undergo tests. An angiogram showed problems that led to the surgery.

USC spokesman Tim Tessalone, noting that he first Trojans basketball broadcast is Saturday, Nov. 15 against UC Irvine at the Galen Center, said: “We’ve been aware of Rory’s situation for several days now and the entire Trojan family wishes him a healthy, speedy recovery. We are waiting to get more information of his status and expected recovery period, and are hopeful he’ll be able to call Trojan men’s basketball games as soon as possible. Knowing Rory, he’ll fight on and be back courtside as quick as he can. In the interim, we have begun the process of securing a fill-in should he be unavailable for a period of time.”

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