Former Met Rusty Staub suffered a heart attack on a flight to New York from Ireland, according to a source close to the situation. The Mets, who confirmed that Staub "experienced a medical emergency," said the plane carrying the former first baseman and rightfielder was diverted back to Ireland, where he was treated.

The Mets would only say the incident happened this past week.

"Rusty is now resting comfortably," the team said of the 71-year-old. "The prognosis is good and Rusty and his family ask that we respect his privacy during this period. He is in the thoughts and prayers of the Mets organization."

Staub underwent a procedure in Ireland, according to the source, and should be back in the United States in a few days.

Staub had two stints with the Mets -- one from 1972 to 1975 and another from 1981 to 1985 -- and broke the club record for RBIs in a season with 105 in 1975.

An outfielder, first baseman and standout pinch hitter, he is a member of the Mets Hall of Fame and was a six-time All-Star in a 23-season career. Staub, who also played for the Houston Colt .45s/Astros, Montreal Expos, Tigers and Rangers, hit .279 and had 292 homers in his career.

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Staub was at Citi Field during the previous homestand, just before the team left for last weekend's division-clinching series in Cincinnati.

With Mark Herrmann