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It was a bad weekend for appendicitis in major league baseball

Sep 13, 2010, 9:38 AM EDT

Andres Torres’ appendix attack* is far more consequential for our purposes, but the Giants’ outfielder wasn’t the only baseball person to go under the knife this weekend:

Umpire Angel Campos underwent an emergency appendectomy after being scratched from the Cleveland Indians game on Saturday night.

Campos was replaced on the crew Sunday for the Cleveland Indians’ game against the Minnesota Twins by D.J. Reyburn.

The 37-year-old Campos, in his first year of working major league
games, was scheduled to work home plate Saturday, but became ill during a
1-hour, 50-minute rain delay that postponed the start. He was taken to
Lutheran Hospital and had the emergency surgery.

Campos is OK. And the fans in Cleveland were treated to the always fun two-umps-covering-the-basepaths setup for the game.

*I’m a big fan of ratcheting-up the rhetoric when it comes to health issues. One of the neatest things I’ve heard in recent years is how the health care industry is starting to call strokes “brain attacks” so as to emphasize just how serious they are to the public. I think we should do it with everything. Appendix attack. Tooth attack. Nose attack. I may have gone to (and subsequently flunked out of) medical school if there were more action-packed terms associated with it 15 or 20 years ago.

  1. Jonny5 - Sep 13, 2010 at 10:10 AM

    My personal experience with an “appendix attack” tells me that Torres will be out for longer than 10 days. I didn’t have a laproscoptic surgery but I was afraid to poop for a week, it feels like you could have an “internal blowout” that first week if you push too hard. My guess is 2 weeks min for him to even start swinging the bat like he was. Ummm, of course that’s after he unloads what he’s been holding in since the surgery….

  2. BC - Sep 13, 2010 at 10:19 AM

    Ow.

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