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Yankees infielder Ramiro Pena has emergency appendectomy

Jul 18, 2011, 3:48 PM EDT

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Matt Holliday and Adam Dunn have started a trend, as Yankees backup infielder Ramiro Pena has joined them in undergoing an emergency appendectomy in the middle of the season.

George King of the New York Post reports that Pena is expected to miss 4-6 weeks after having the surgery early this morning in Tampa Bay, but Dunn returned to the lineup after just six days and Holliday missed only nine days.

Obviously the White Sox and Cardinals had more motivation to rush middle-of-the-order hitters back than the Yankees will with a utility man, although New York is short-handed already with Alex Rodriguez on the disabled list.

Brandon Laird will be called up from Triple-A to replace Pena on the roster and figures to split time at third base with Eduardo Nunez.

  1. uyf1950 - Jul 18, 2011 at 3:58 PM

    You won’t see him in a Yankees game the rest of this season. Even if he is ready by the 1st week of September. Probably Brendon Laird with will be called up from the minors and in my opinion is a better prospect than Pena…and hopefully in the next week or 2 Chavez will be back with the club.

  2. jimbo1949 - Jul 18, 2011 at 4:07 PM

    Who supplies the mugshots and how come they’re not holding up a stat board?

  3. proudlycanadian - Jul 18, 2011 at 4:16 PM

    Who started what trend. Doc had one mid season when he was pitching for the Jays. Missed about 3 starts.

  4. jwbiii - Jul 18, 2011 at 4:41 PM

    Adam Dunn had an appendectomy in April, didn’t go on the DL, missed only a week. This has worked out well for him and the ChiSox.

  5. foreverchipper10 - Jul 18, 2011 at 6:24 PM

    One has to wonder why they don’t call up Jorge Vasquez whilst A-Rod is on the shelf. Man is killing it in AAA.

    • deathmonkey41 - Jul 18, 2011 at 7:00 PM

      I still don’t really understand why Vazquez didn’t make the team out of Spring Training. As for Pena, I think the Yankees have seen his ceiling and it isn’t very high. Now, he even plays poor defense. If you’re not going to bring up Vazquez for whatever reason, then let’s see what Laird can do.

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