Outfielder Matt Diaz should know by Wednesday or Thursday what’s to come next with his ailing right thumb. Dr. Gary Lourie put him in a cast on Friday and plans to keep him in it for five days to see if the wound will heal on its own. After they remove it, he’ll know whether he can begin a rehabilitation program and start swinging a bat again, or face surgery, which will likely end his season.
“Frustrating,” said Diaz, who is hitting .222 in 51 games off the bench for the Braves. “Still painful. So we’re giving it five days to do nothing. See what happens. See what track we’re on at that point.”
An MRI revealed foreign bodies in his thumb, which Diaz and his doctors believe are similar to what caused him problems in 2009 and 2010 – splinters from a palm frond he got while he clearing his yard. Diaz said he’s completed a course of antibiotics and there are still no signs of infection but the wound has not closed on its own.