Braves outfielder Matt Diaz had successful surgery Wednesday morning to remove remnants of a splinter from his infected right thumb. The surgery was performed by Braves hand specialist Dr. Gary Lourie.
The Braves did not release an expected recovery time, but Braves manager Bobby Cox estimated that he’d be going without Diaz for at least a month.
“It’s going to be a long time,” Cox said.
The Braves placed Diaz on the disabled list Saturday after it became obvious that he couldn’t continue to play through the infected thumb. He’d said he’d been feeling a popping sensation with every swing.
It had been bothering him ever since he got jammed on a pitch April 20 against the Phillies. The career .310 hitter has not been himself at the plate this season, hitting only .178 in 26 games this season.
Diaz had a similar problem with his right thumb at the end of last season which required minor surgery.