'You kept me in the game': Charlie Manuel thanks Phillies fans, hospital as he recovers from stroke

Former Philadelphia Phillies Manager Charlie Manuel is on the road to recovery after suffering a stroke, and he says it's all thanks to the love and support he's received.

The Phillies issued a brief release last week stating that Manuel was undergoing a medical procedure in Florida when he had a stroke. Doctors were able to quickly intervene and remove a blood clot.

By Monday, the beloved former manager was said to be talking, texting and watching the Phillies after being transferred out of the ICU.

Manuel even took to Twitter Tuesday to thank his community for all their support, and praise hospital staff for their speedy response.

"I want to thank all the people who are pulling for me. I am touched that you are showing me love. And I want to thank @LKLDRegional Critical Care team for hustling and being on time. You have kept me in the game."

Manuel, 79, managed the Phillies for 9 seasons leading the team to two Pennants and one World Series title.

He compiled a 1,000-826 record as a major league manager, including 780 wins with the Phillies. He was inducted into the team's Wall of Fame in 2014. Manuel rejoined the organization that year to work as a senior adviser to the general manager.

Manuel also played six seasons in the majors as an outfielder with the Minnesota Twins and Los Angeles Dodgers from 1969-75.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.