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Matt Diaz to undergo season-ending thumb surgery

Aug 14, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

Matt Diaz running

Matt Diaz has been on the disabled list since mid-July with a right thumb injury and the Braves announced that the veteran outfielder will undergo season-ending surgery.

Diaz told Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal Constitution that “we’ve given it pretty much every way to rest possible” before deciding on surgery, which carries a two-month recovery timetable.

He actually played through the injury for about six weeks before going on the DL last month, but Diaz finishes the season hitting just .222 with two homers and a .613 OPS in 51 games. That’s a far cry from his lifetime .291 batting average and .770 OPS, and his absence as a right-handed platoon bat versus left-handed pitching motivated the Braves to trade for Reed Johnson.

  1. frenchysplatediscipline - Aug 14, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Unfortunately we have probably seen the last of Matty in a Braves uni. While he hasn’t been as productive in his second stint with us, he is still one of my all-time favorite Braves.

    I, for one, will be sad to see him go.

  2. deathmonkey41 - Aug 14, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Well, if he does leave Atlanta- it won’t be by hitch hiking.

    • mybrunoblog - Aug 14, 2012 at 12:34 PM

      Agreed. Also, his days of sitting around with his thumb up his ass are over.

  3. bravojawja - Aug 14, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Talk about a team player – the guy was glad this happened soon enough before the trade deadline that the team could pick up somebody to replace him. And this was while he was still hoping to make it back this season.

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