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Dallas Braden files medical negligence suit against surgeon

Oct 23, 2010, 11:02 AM EDT

Dallas Braden throwing

According to Jane Lee of MLB.com, Athletics’ left-hander Dallas Braden has filed a medical negligence suit against Oakland-based orthopedic surgeon Dr. Thomas Peatman and Webster Orthopedic Medical Group.

The suit, which was filed in Alameda County Superior Court earlier this week, alleges that Peatman severed Braden’s peroneal nerve while attempting to remove a cyst last year, causing permanent nerve damage in his left foot. The 27-year-old left-hander missed the rest of the season after the botched procedure and has pitched on two numb toes ever since. This makes his perfect game no-hitter and 3.50 ERA over 30 starts this season even more remarkable.

According to court documents — you can read all of them here — Braden “experiences numbness and extreme and excessive pain while pitching.” In addition, the complaint claims that “damage, instability and sensitivity of his left foot will cause biomechanical problems with his pitching delivery system, which will likely result in further injury and shortening of his pitching career.”

According to Lee, the A’s also announced that they have parted ways with Webster Orthopedic Medical Group, the team’s longtime medical provider.

  1. razz84 - Oct 23, 2010 at 11:31 AM

    Get Off Of My Peroneal Nerve!

    • Gobias Industries - Oct 23, 2010 at 11:33 AM

      Exactly. They don’t pull that stuff in the 209.

  2. willmose - Oct 23, 2010 at 3:50 PM

    Many team surgeons get the job because of who they know, not because they are good or even competent. You would think that teams would be more careful with multi-million dollar assets, but the old boy network trumps all else.

  3. Utley's Hair - Oct 23, 2010 at 5:29 PM

    Ah, the old exceedingly and excessively numb and painful claim.

  4. Craig Calcaterra - Oct 23, 2010 at 7:04 PM

    How much you wanna bet he doesn’t admit that his career may be shortened and diminished when it comes time to negotiate his next deal?

  5. Adam - Oct 23, 2010 at 9:55 PM

    Better be careful DJ, Dallas Braden might hunt you down if he finds out you called his effort just a No Hitter since he threw just the 19th perfect game in MLB history.

  6. pisano - Oct 23, 2010 at 9:56 PM

    I’d like to know which surgeon he’s talking about , could it be the one that gave him his lobotomy ? I’m just sayin . That’s how they do it in the 209 . Talk about trailer trash .

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