Diaz headed for surgery, likely out for season

After exhausting all other possibilities, Braves outfielder Matt Diaz is headed for surgery on his right thumb, which is expected to end his 2012 season.

Diaz said he had the decision confirmed Monday afternoon by Braves hand specialist Dr. Gary Lourie, who will perform the operation on Wednesday morning. Diaz would need two months to recover before he could swing a bat at full speed, so this effectively ends his season.

“I’ve known for a while, but we’ve given it pretty much every way to rest possible,” Diaz said. “The hole is just not closing up. It’s still a hard callous in there, and it still hurts like crazy on the nerve. So they’re going to go in and look at the nerve, take the little foreign bodies out, and have me ready to have a full offseason.”

This will be the second operation Diaz has had on the same area in a little more than two years, both times to remove splinters he and his doctors believe he got after being stabbed by a palm frond clearing his yard in Lakeland, Fla. back in 2006.

Diaz has been on the disabled list since July 21st, after trying to play through pain for the better part of six weeks. An MRI revealed he still had two small foreign bodies in his thumb. The hope was that with rest and antibiotics, the inflammation would subside. Infection hasn’t been a problem, but it never stopped hurting.

“I can’t grip a bat,” Diaz said.

Diaz said he first found out he was likely headed for surgery last Wednesday. He and his wife Leslee got a babysitter for their three children in case he needed some time to work through the news.

“I felt it was going that way because it just wasn’t feeling good,” Diaz said. “Surprisingly a sense of peace overcame me and just kind of ‘At least we’re taking care of it.’”

Diaz said he’s confident that the surgery will take care of the problem this time, especially considering he’s not under the gun to get back before the season is out, like he was when he had his first operation in May of 2010. He also takes confidence, he said, because he came back and played 58 games that year and didn’t have a problem with it until it cropped up against this June.

“He’s going to cut it wide open search around in there and make sure we get every last (remnant),” Diaz said. “I’m confident in that…I am 100 percent sure when Dr. Lourie is done that I will be at peace that there’s nothing left in there.”

Diaz was hitting .222 with two home runs and 13 RBIs in 51 games this season for the Braves. He said he takes consolation in knowing his thumb worsened before the July 31 trade deadline, so the Braves could acquire right-handed hitting outfielder Reed Johnson from the Cubs.

“I’m glad I hurt it as bad as it did two or three weeks before the trade deadline,” Diaz said. “If I were going through this now and we didn’t get Reed Johnson and Tyler (Pastornicky) wasn’t doing so awesome off the bench, I’d feel more of a sense of almost guilt from not playing. But we’re set with the right-handed hitting outfielder in Reed Johnson who’s done it, been there, and Tyler has proven himself off the bench as an unbelievable young guy to be able to do that.”

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billy shears

August 14th, 2012
12:08 am

hopefully his last game with the braves.

JC Boscan III

August 14th, 2012
12:14 am

Yet another classy comment by a Braves “fan”………..

jimmyt

August 14th, 2012
12:39 am

Billy, you’re and idiot. Obviously, you can’t fix stupid. Probably voted for Obama too.

Kyle

August 14th, 2012
12:49 am

Irony: Billy, you’re and idiot.

Smitty

August 14th, 2012
12:53 am

I really like what he has done for braves…hope he get well soon

Smitty

August 14th, 2012
12:55 am

Anybody know why blogs bring out all the negative comments in some people

Smitty

August 14th, 2012
12:56 am

Who is obama anyway….just kidding.. I know he is the guy costing me money

J-MAN

August 14th, 2012
1:05 am

Well he is making 2.5 million this season. If Diaz does come back it will have to be at a reduced price. Id give him a Minor League contract and give him a chance t mke the team in ST nex year. But my complaint is why isnt Reed Johnson and David Ross batting against left handed starters. The final game of the Mets and tonights game could have been changed with them in the line up. Also Uggla hasnt hit leftys all season.

Kyle

August 14th, 2012
1:11 am

I think Matty’s career w/ the Bravos is over. Great club house guy, good off the bench but I think he’s done.

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TexasRose

August 14th, 2012
3:14 am

is Diaz’s upcoming surgery a reflection of poor surgical technique/care in the first surgery…or just ‘one of those things?’

COOPER

August 14th, 2012
3:32 am

Why wasn’t the problem taken care of in 2010 when he was disabled the first time. It is time to cut Diaz loose. He certainly isn’t and hasn’t earned his keep. Time to retire Diaz. He may be okay in our minor league system as a coach but as a player let someone else waste their money on him.

Retired 6 years too late

August 14th, 2012
4:20 am

Is this the start of another August like last year? When this team faces left handed piching, Johnson, Ross needs to be in the lineup. Sit Uggla and move Prado to second. Come on Bobby Lite, Left Handed Pitching is shutting this team down. Poor Minor is getting no runs from this predominate lefty hitting line-up.

birdpoop

August 14th, 2012
4:46 am

Does Jim Powell own Liberty Media? Thats the only way he and Don Sutton have jobs;they are the WORST baseball announcers in the country.

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BRAVES FAN

August 14th, 2012
6:28 am

best news all day…….no more dplay diaz,good riddance

been with braves for 2 years,and done nothing

the pics have been revealed………so long sucker

BRAVES FAN

August 14th, 2012
6:29 am

diaz
lowe
norton
kiwanimi
wilson
hampton

worse signings of all time

BRAVES FAN

August 14th, 2012
6:30 am

and of course lowe goes scoreless innings against the rangers last night

Gail

August 14th, 2012
6:30 am

Now a blog contributor criticizes the announcers…seriously? Don Sutton and Jim Powell are fantastic. Not sure which is more annoying…the contributors that criticize the Braves or the blogger that offers a very negative comment about Don Sutton and Jim Powell. If you don’t like it, watch the Braves on TV or better yet, find another team to follow.

MikeY

August 14th, 2012
6:48 am

J-MAN, I absolutely agree w/ you on the match-ups. We will face 4 lefty pitchers in a row, Ross and Pastornicky and Johnson need some starts in there. Has Pastornicky progressed to where he can play LF? Could we start an OF w/ Pastornicky, Johnson, Prado, with Ross at C? I think so. Could help us win.

MikeY

August 14th, 2012
6:49 am

BRAVES FAN: You left out Livan Hernandez.

Tampa Gator

August 14th, 2012
7:02 am

The Nats beat SF 14-2 last night. The Braves are playing for a wildcard spot.

Larry

August 14th, 2012
7:09 am

Dismiss the dimwit and make Diaz the manager. He’s infinitely more intelligent and extremely popular and well respected by the team.

Look for Diaz to go into coaching when his career ends….which may be now!

alex

August 14th, 2012
7:31 am

@Larry: spot on, as for “surgical technique ” wizard above, perhaps your lobotomy was botched

John w

August 14th, 2012
7:57 am

I saw the lineup last night and couldn’t believe Reed nor Ross was in it! I’ve tried to give Freddi the benefit of the doubt but I’ve concluded this guy is not a very good manager!!!

BravesfaninWis

August 14th, 2012
8:05 am

The Braves better just focus on the wild card spot now and do everything in their power to not choke that away again. It’s clearly obvious the Braves don’t have what it takes to win this division. They can’t possibly choke away the wild card with the addition of another spot, or could they? At this point I won’t be surprised either way.

longtimefan

August 14th, 2012
8:20 am

That “not very good manager” has guided this Braves team to the fifth best record in MLB with the 16th highest payroll. Only two teams with higher payrolls have better records. If this were a business(which it is), management would be looking to promote him. Let’s not let facts get in the way of opinions.

longtimefan

August 14th, 2012
8:22 am

To Wis Braves “fan”-they make pills for the chronically depressive.

KD

August 14th, 2012
8:22 am

Diaz, a little advice, next time you are doing yard work….WEAR GLOVES

todd h

August 14th, 2012
8:31 am

always loved matt diaz. a real class act and a solid right handed bat against lefties who always give us fits.

Let's Go

August 14th, 2012
8:31 am

Matt’s season was over when the Braves picked up Reed Johnson. Yeah, he could have came back in Sept but I doubt he would have seen much playing time. When he was in the zone he could swing a hot bat but when he wasn’t he looked bad and struck out too much to be an effective pinch hitter. He may get on with someone else next year as a bench player but his days of seeing 2.5 mil a season are over.

ijudgenot

August 14th, 2012
8:34 am

Tonight Hudson pitches. If Fredi follows his pattern of letting Ross catch Hudson then Ross will be in the lineup. However if all that was just BS to give cover for McCann being sat for not hitting then BMac will start again tonight then be rested on Thursday day game. Fredi like Cox takes into consideration the players egos too much at the teams expen

Whackado

August 14th, 2012
8:37 am

Why not bring back Dale Murphy and Bob Horner for the playoff run. Also, look to see if Rico Carty and maybe Sid Bream (Sid for speed on the bases) are available.

Giddy up...

August 14th, 2012
8:38 am

Love bloogers who can’t spell players’ names (Kawakami) and don’t know the facts… We didn’t sign Diaz….the Pirates did… We got him a trade for a low class prospect… Also didn’t sign Wilson- trade with Seattle. I see the Braves Jerk in Wisc doesn’t have anything else better to do.

rodney

August 14th, 2012
8:39 am

jimmy.t is everything Obama fault you must be a redneck.

metfan Lou

August 14th, 2012
8:39 am

I have always been a big fan of Matt and hope he’ll have a big recovery and if the Braves cut him loose I would love to see him in a Met uniform. The mets need an outfielder like him.

AAA

August 14th, 2012
8:40 am

Don’t know why people try to drop political commentary here. It’s a sports blog. Go to Fox News if you want to whine and cry.

DeepDiver

August 14th, 2012
8:45 am

You know that Matt Diaz RAKES RHP.

DeepDiver

August 14th, 2012
8:45 am

You know that Matt Diaz RAKES LHP. #corrections

Tucker

August 14th, 2012
8:53 am

What is the latest count of Braves who are either out for the season or just decided to quit giving it much effort?

Speedy Gone zalez

August 14th, 2012
8:57 am

Have to agree, Jim Powell is SO boring……………….zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz & Sutton needs to retire. Diaz may be a good guy but he’s wasting a roster spot just like Hinske & Wilson, they are all done. Ross & Johnson are great off the bench but then what? Simmons comes back & who do you keep at backup SS, Janish or Tyler? Still need to add a bat, heard they may be looking at Youkilis, which may be a good move that continues into next year, Go Bravos!!!!!!!!!!!

JoeBravesFan

August 14th, 2012
9:01 am

Get well soon, Matty D! I have a feeling this was your last year with the Braves, so thanks for hitting lefties…most of the time! :)

JoeBravesFan

August 14th, 2012
9:02 am

I think Paul Janish has made Jack Wilson expendable. After his performance, I’d have a hard time letting him go. Get Tyler trained at 2nd, so when Uggla’s contract is up, or he’s traded, we can put Tyler there.

Ed

August 14th, 2012
9:07 am

See all above, and people wonder why free agents won’t consider Atlanta. If I could play there’s no way I would come play for a fan base as stupid as Atlanta has. Plus you have idiots like Mark Bradley, Jeff Shultz writiing their dribble every day.

BravesFan

August 14th, 2012
9:07 am

i am so tired of all these negative “braves fans” who have nothing better to do then air out their lonely lives on the AJC comments.

Get well Matty.

urban redneck

August 14th, 2012
9:11 am

who the hell is kiwinimi? and the worse signings “of all time” is a stretch. what about tom glavine, phil neikro and dale murphy? those guys didn’t help us a bit………hope you have your irony boots on. and someone else above is knocking rednecks?? we are not all hardcore conservatives. but that is for another blog. we’re talking baseball.

sorry to hear about matty d. it’s not really much of a loss i guess, but he’s a heckuva nice guy. our bench is in trouble. is there anyone to promote from gwinnett to pinch hit? go bravos.

PMC

August 14th, 2012
9:11 am

Good luck Matt D. Hope all goes perfectly with the surgury and you’re back playing ball soon. Thanks for playing as hard as you could for the Braves.

PMC

August 14th, 2012
9:12 am

Heisenberg

August 14th, 2012
9:15 am

This is the Braves blog. Take the political comments to the Bookman or Wingfield blogs. Whichever suits your style.

Columbus

August 14th, 2012
9:18 am

Billy, you ARE an idiot. Even if his time is up, thats not how you show respect for a Brave or anyon fr that matter. I bet you voted for Obama too. No Im sorry, I bet you didnt even vote. But thats OK, the rest of us in Georgia did not vote for Obama and he did not win GA and nor will he in 2012. But we will still have you Billy…maybe you will come around.

Columbus

August 14th, 2012
9:21 am

You like that political comment Heisenberg? Politics IS a game brother! Vote for anyone except Obama and America will be much better off…ANYONE!

anonymous

August 14th, 2012
9:25 am

Jim Powell is ok. It’s Don Sutton who is the worst announcer/analyst EVER!

ALWAYS brings subject back to himself. ALWAYS brining up old stories that relate to himself, someone he knew or played with, that has nothing to do with Braves baseball.
NONSTOP yakking – tv execs. probably tell him to not let their be any silence at all. Sutton is the one turning Powell into a boring turnip. CALL THE DAYUM GAMES!

BravesFan

August 14th, 2012
9:27 am

Columbus, I am sure you are mesmerized daily by Faux News, too. You are a fool, brother!!!!

GRAPHITE

August 14th, 2012
9:29 am

Now children,settle down.It’s going to be alright.

Tralfaz

August 14th, 2012
9:29 am

columbus: see the rules at the top of the page

“We talk baseball, other sports, music, movies, BBQ and whatever (except politics or religion)”

steve

August 14th, 2012
9:31 am

4 lefty’s everynight against lhp is insane no other mlb manager would even consider this

Fastball

August 14th, 2012
9:33 am

I like Diaz and Obama. If you don’t, you better WAKE UP.

GRAPHITE

August 14th, 2012
9:34 am

And to Anonymous…The word is”DADGUM’ as in Coach Bowden dadgum bad call.

phil

August 14th, 2012
9:34 am

Sutton is indeed awful.

Hope Diaz recovers well and is ready to go next year, wherever that may be. Have always liked the guy.

ragnar danneskjold

August 14th, 2012
9:34 am

Hope Diaz comes back next year as his old self. Good guy.

Yogi Berra

August 14th, 2012
9:34 am

Love Sutton and Jim… great details to game and storys (past history)are great. Many times I mute TV and turn on Don.

ragnar danneskjold

August 14th, 2012
9:36 am

I disagree with a couple of fellow bloggers – Sutton and Powell are terribly funny. I turn off the television sound to listen to the radio during games.

Sonny Jackson

August 14th, 2012
9:37 am

Get well Matt! He always reminded me of a Jerry Royster type of player who can play almost anywhere on the field… on of my favorites. I for one, hope to see him with the Braves next year.

Matt Diaz Lawn Maintenance

August 14th, 2012
9:39 am

Great. Now I can get some work!

Kidding. Diaz is a class act who can rake lefties when healthy. He is a solid defensive outfielder and excellent baserunner, which the Braves obviously are not too concerned about. I hope he makes a full recovery and is given a shot in 2013 with ATL. MD, Reed Johnson make the OF/bench much deeper.

We already know Braves struggle against just about any LH pitcher, (except Johan Santana) and need that RH stick for PH and platoon work.

I See Clearly Now

August 14th, 2012
9:43 am

Matt will need a solid 2013 Spring training to make the club and I hope he does it. I like him.
I also dislike Sutton’s non-stop gabbing. Just too much, and so glad he doesn’t do the TV telecasts anymore.Chip and Joe are enjoyable on most nights.

Let's Go

August 14th, 2012
9:46 am

Giddy up… @ 8:38am
Not that I’m disagreeing with you about fan is Wis but the Braves did resign Jack Wilson during the off season, 1mil for 1 year. He was granted free agency in Oct and the Braves resigned him in Jan. Jack is another player like Diaz who won’t be around anymore after this season and could possibly be given his out right release once healthy. I see Paul Janish being the Braves back-up infielder for the next couple of years.

jc

August 14th, 2012
9:47 am

Fastball you must have got hit in the head with a fastball. you the one that needs to Wake Up!

Get better soon Diaz but I believe your days in Atlanta are over. Good luck.

Nevada Roy

August 14th, 2012
9:59 am

Thank you Matt but you are non-tendered for 2013.

Pippa's hiney

August 14th, 2012
10:03 am

Never understood why baseball has the dumbest fans.

Billy Shears

August 14th, 2012
10:07 am

Hey guys! Just wanted to drop a line and let you all know that I am dumb as a rock. Thanks

Billy Shears

August 14th, 2012
10:08 am

Just letting ya’ll know that I am in fact dumb

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Get well, Matt!

August 14th, 2012
10:18 am

Real Braves fans appreciate everything Matt Diaz has done. He’s been one of my favorites for the last few years, and I wish him a speedy recovery that’s as painless as possible! HE, unlike many of these mean-spirited commenters, is a positive, unselfish and high-quality person, and he’s about 1,000 times more talented than all of you blasting him. We miss you, Matty D!

JM

August 14th, 2012
10:23 am

His Braves’ career is over. His contract is up and they will sign Johnson.

Marc Schneider

August 14th, 2012
10:24 am

“Obviously, you can’t fix stupid. Probably voted for Obama too.”

Thanks, douchebag, we needed your insightful political comment. I’m sure you get all your news from the geniuses at Fox-it’s great, you don’t even need to think or, for that matter, even have a brain.

JM

August 14th, 2012
10:25 am

And, after this year, Hinske is likely gone too.

Terry Forster

August 14th, 2012
10:25 am

I’ve been saying how lame Don Sutton and Jim Powell are for two years. They way they make chessy jokes and always yuck it up over them… annoying. Ben Ingram should be the primary play by play guy. MMMmmmmm.. chesseburgers.

Ken Stallings

August 14th, 2012
10:29 am

Had absolutely no idea that palm fronds could be so dangerous! Note to Matt: next time when clearing palm fronds, where industrial strength leather work gloves!

Ken Stallings

August 14th, 2012
10:30 am

… “wear industrial strength leather work gloves!” ERRR!

jc

August 14th, 2012
10:43 am

Marc keep believe the lies from liberal media, proves u don’t have a brain. Go Braves.

Wendell miller

August 14th, 2012
10:44 am

Folks, I believe that Matt signed a 2 year 2.5 million contract with the Pirates and was not making that amount in this the second year of the contract. One thing I can say about the man is that he has always given his all, built others up and has been a great addition to the clubhouse. I bet Santana would like him to be a Met next year. In any event I hope the best for our Braves and Matt Diaz.

Yogi Berra

August 14th, 2012
10:53 am

Diaz contract this year is 2 million, Pirates paid some of his salary last year. He will be free agent at season end.

Yogi Berra

August 14th, 2012
10:56 am

Wendell it was 2 year 4.5 million with Pirates. All contracts can be found at “cots contracts.com” with all teams.

Gary

August 14th, 2012
10:57 am

How many teams has stultz been released or traded from……..and why cant the hitters take some pitches…. make the pitcher work……….

Fragile Bob Horner

August 14th, 2012
11:02 am

I am available for pinch hitting duty…..and buffet duty as well.

Brave New World

August 14th, 2012
11:11 am

Hope Matt’s surgery goes well.

Wendell miller

August 14th, 2012
11:19 am

I stand corrected, folks. about the money. Overall, I think Matt has been a good addition and hope all works out surgery wise and otherwise for him. He even seems to have a great attitude and his head on his shoulders right and will land on his feet somewhere good, if not with us. Well, let’s go catch the Nationals and win this thing!

crackbaby

August 14th, 2012
11:20 am

Matty Diaz – many of us hope a full and speedy recovery is on the way.

MD is a streaky hitter but when he’s on, it’s fun to watch. His outfield play always made me uncomfortable (although it has improved).

Not sure when it will happen, but sooner or later Costanza is going to be a contributor on the Braves. Brings energy and speed and the club just wins when he’s in the game.

Heisenberg

August 14th, 2012
12:04 pm

I have always respected the way Diaz carries himself but the business part of MLB makes me think this could be it for his Braves tenure. He is most likely looking at a minor league deal for wherever he goes next year.

As far as the yard work goes, all pro athletes take note and hire someone. Even the lowest paid pro baseball player can afford that.

Werth

August 14th, 2012
12:54 pm

Obama may not win dumb redneck Ga but most of the country is smarter than that. Obama 2012!!! Romney is a fraudulent disaster.

Rotunda Shaquonda Obama

August 14th, 2012
1:18 pm

Matt Diaz=Joe Shlabotnik.

iliketacosson2

August 14th, 2012
1:18 pm

Great player of the bench…. hopefully he can recover fast

Boo Hoo

August 14th, 2012
1:26 pm

That’s why Wren traded for Johnson………sooooooooo what is the big deal???Johnson is a better hitter than Diaz anyway!

Jack off Team

August 14th, 2012
1:30 pm

It looks as though Jack Wilson will be designated for assignment when Simmons is ready…….Good Bye Jack!

Matty Ice

August 14th, 2012
1:32 pm

Maybe the Falcons can get Diaz……..he throws the ball better anyway!

Fastball

August 14th, 2012
1:43 pm

jc…really thought I’d get beat up over my comment, but so far only you. Thank you though.

snowman

August 14th, 2012
2:05 pm

For those of you who don’t like Jim Powell and Don Sutton, try listening to some of the other team’s announcers on XM radio. Then see what you think.

Ken Stallings

August 14th, 2012
2:06 pm

Yes, because adding over $7 trillion to the national debt in less than four years is such an economic success that I can easily see how turning to a different philosophy would constitute a “disaster.”

Oh yes, the refrain is sure to come in reply, “It’s Bush’s fault!”

P Rose

August 14th, 2012
2:07 pm

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