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Brennan Boesch to undergo thumb surgery

Sep 4, 2011, 6:24 PM EDT

Brennan Boesch AP

Tigers outfielder Brennan Boesch was hoping to put off thumb surgery until after the season, but the pain from his torn ligament has prevented him from swinging a bat and he made the decision Sunday to have the procedure now.

Boesch was one of the AL’s better corner outfielders during the first half of the season, hitting .306/.360/.490 with 12 homers, 57 runs scored and 44 RBI in 84 games before the All-Star break.  Unfortunately, a thumb injury he sustained earlier in the season got a whole lot worse when he aggravated it on Aug. 10.  He played scarcely afterwards and failed to drive in a run in any of his remaining eight appearances.

With Boesch done, the Tigers will hope that Magglio Ordonez or Andy Dirks can step up and claim the right-field job headed into the postseason.  Ordonez had a big game Thursday, homering and doubling twice against the Royals.  Still, he’s hitting just .239/.288/.321 in 293 at-bats.  Dirks, a rookie, is batting .253/.296/.404 in 178 at-bats.  The Tigers can also give Ryan Raburn time there if they wish.  He’s hitting .239/.277/.402.  Dirks, being the lefty swinger and the superior defender, would be the preferable choice to step into Boesch’s shoes.

  1. motorcitykitty80 - Sep 4, 2011 at 6:56 PM

    Tigers played the Chi-Sox on Saturday… Magglio’s big game was Thursday… and it was a thing of beauty marred by a loss

  2. mmowery2323 - Sep 4, 2011 at 7:21 PM

    Full audio of Boesch’s conversation with the media about his decision to have surgery can be found here: http://bit.ly/qEd5hX

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