Diaz progessing, hopes to return before All-Star break

If Matt Diaz has his way, he will return to the Braves lineup before the All-Star break.

The Braves outfielder expects to have stitches removed Wednesday after undergoing surgery to remove a one centimeter long splinter from his infected right thumb.

“The thumb is doing great,” Diaz said Friday before the Braves opened a three-game series against the Pirates. “The way the team has been playing has been great to watch.”

Diaz said he expects to meet with an infectious disease doctor one more time. Diaz, who is on medication to fight the infection in his thumb, said the affected tissue caused a nerve to be reshaped around the area. That caused the pain in the thumb that eventually resulted in the discovery of the piece of broken bat that was removed.

Diaz said he still needs to talk to doctors and team officials to be cleared to return from the disabled list but hopes to be ready before the All-Star break July 12-14.

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McFann :Ô: :Ô:

May 28th, 2010
5:59 pm

Get well soon, MattE! You sure are fun to watch when you’re going good.


May 28th, 2010
6:41 pm

it’s a good article but i don’t understand why every article i read from you has at least one typo. *sigh*
“The way the team has been playing as been great to watch.”

Mike S

May 28th, 2010
6:47 pm

I am pretty dure DOB does it just to piss you off dwb. Apparently it worked.


May 28th, 2010
6:52 pm

dwb — or should we just add a couple of e’s and call you dweeb — how do you know that Matt doesn’t drop his “h’s” from time to time?


May 28th, 2010
6:52 pm


May 28th, 2010
10:50 pm

Jody & I are rooting for you Matt; praying for a complete pain-free recovery with all proper nerve function completely restored. Hope the docs will let you do all you need to do to retain strength & conditioning. Also, we are happy about brother Jonny’s success too, his lyrics have great messages. God bless you Matt.

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