Diaz has successful surgery on thumb

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.

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Brian

May 19th, 2010
7:57 pm

Delbert D.

May 19th, 2010
8:01 pm

Splinters, both times? How did that happen?

VinceVanGo

May 19th, 2010
8:42 pm

I hope splinters aren’t contagious, that’s one ailment Chipper hasn’t had yet! On the serious side I hope that the dugout bench isn’t wood because Omar Infante will probably get splinters sitting on the bench when he should be in the lineup! I guess I was wrong, I thought that Bobby Cox had learned to keep the “hot hands” in the lineup.

robdawg08

May 19th, 2010
8:45 pm

An observation that has a ton of merit : Power numbers are down all over MLB. You think its just a coincidence or a justifiable reason ? I think its the latter. Since MLB has cracked down on steroids and use of HGH I totally think most (if not all) players have come off of it and we are seeing the results in the homerun numbers. take Chipper & mcCann for example. look at their current homerun numbers and compare it to their previous 3 years. A dramatic dropoff. Look at David Ortiz. He’s gone from a 40 to 50 power guy to one that is barely making the Red Sox team. You heard it here first. Just like I told you Mark DeRosa and Yunel Escobar should be starting players when everyone else said they were bench players I’m telling you again. And add the fact that Omar Infante should be starting now at SS. I’d ask to be traded to a team where if I played better than the other SS I could start since I DAMN-WELL earned it. Escobar is not the player of last year clearly on offense. Hmm… see the first part of my blog for the most likely reason why…

robdawg08

May 19th, 2010
8:49 pm

Whatever happened to playing the player performng the best ? So Infante shows you he can hit .300 with a high OB percentage and you bench him Bobby ? What a dumbass.

moboman

May 19th, 2010
9:09 pm

Im doing my best not to use the word “woodie” in commenting on this repeating issue. Speedy recovery.

A. Dylan Thomas

May 19th, 2010
9:45 pm

robdawg there are many many holes in your reasoning but instead of listing them i will just say post hoc ergo propter hoc

robdawg08

May 19th, 2010
9:59 pm

It is easy for you to criticize my post but you’ve got nothing to post from your mind. So F-off.

robdawg08

May 19th, 2010
10:02 pm

Bullpen blows a game after KK finally pitches well. How do you say “With friends like those relief pitchers why does KK need enemies ?” in Japanese ?

robdawg08

May 19th, 2010
10:04 pm

I bet KK loves saito and Wagner.

robdawg08

May 19th, 2010
10:10 pm

Mclouth and mcCann :”Gee we wished we could hit like you Jason. can we get your autograph ?” Jason : “Sure but you two guys are getting paid way more money than I am so how about helping me & Prado out a little bit ?”

athdog

May 19th, 2010
11:20 pm

Where’s Omar?

AL HRABOSKY

May 19th, 2010
11:39 pm

They are trying to cool him off a little bit, before they let hime play again.

Troy Glaus

May 20th, 2010
12:07 am

Where’s Omar?

On the bench. He is a utility player not an everyday player.

snowball's chance

May 20th, 2010
12:08 am

Steroid use will always be suspect, but for the players who didn’t use steroids the crackdown on speed will hurt their production.

Mathman

May 20th, 2010
12:08 am

Surely, Bobby will have Infante in there tomorrow at SS or 3B. Surely. He needs to play.

littlebrave

May 20th, 2010
4:20 am

Mathman, have you not noticed Bobby ALWAYS ALWAYS benches a player when he is hot so he will cool down. See Infante, Hinske. Why the hell he does it is beyond reason but it never fails. A guy can get his bat going and Cox will sit him for a “rest” and he comes back cold. Last game against the Mets, Hinske on the bench Melky in lf because he needs playing time. If he needs playing time put him in cf for McLouth whose not even close to hitting like Hinske. And don’t forget he can also play 3rd. The man has proved himself and he needs to be an everyday player as well as Infante. Cox has always managed this way!

greg Norton

May 20th, 2010
6:57 am

I’m a better hitter than Jordan Shafer and Jeff Francueor

Dan Kolb

May 20th, 2010
7:44 am

Why didn’t the Braves win games in the ninth when I was around? They just did not support me.

JeanE

May 20th, 2010
9:44 am

Thanks for the info on Matty D, DOB. It’s like he’s the forgotten man for the Braves…we miss you Matty and your crazy Caveman style of play, get better soon and come back better than ever!!!!

Chris Reitsma

May 20th, 2010
11:00 am

You make me proud Saito, keep up the good work.

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