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Lew Ford undergoes sports hernia surgery

Oct 29, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

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Lew Ford getting back to the majors this season for the first since 2007 and at age 35 was an amazing story, but he ended up hitting just .183 in 25 games for the Orioles.

And now his offseason has started with surgery to repair a sports hernia, the result of an injury that caused him to miss some time in September and was initially described as a bone bruise near his hip.

Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that Ford is expected to make a full recovery in time for spring training, but as a 35-year-old who hit .183 and is due for a raise via the arbitration process he’s no sure thing to be on the Orioles’ roster by then.

  1. arrooo - Oct 29, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    Back to LI Ducks

  2. Old Gator - Oct 29, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    Cur, since you’re the only one equipped by training and experience to answer this question, would you explain to me the difference between a picking-up-a-box-of-books-without-straightening-your-back-or-bending-your-legs-a-little-at-the-knees hernia and a “sports hernia”?

    I mean, would picking-up-Pablo-Sandoval-without-straightening-your-back-or-bending-your-legs-a-little-at-the-knees qualify as a “sports hernia,” or would it still be a picking-up-a-box-of-books-without-straightening-your-back-or-bending-your-legs-a-little-at-the-knees hernia?

    Inquiring minds want to know before the lack of baseball makes them not give a crap.

    • cur68 - Oct 29, 2012 at 10:31 PM

      Heya, Gator. I don’t know about “most qualified”. I spend all my time with babies in the NICU. If raysfan1 is lurking around here, I bet he’ll give you a better answer. At the very least he can check my answer. But in any case this one’s pretty easy. A sports hernia is a kind of inguinal-hernia in-waiting. Commonly found in kicking, running, or sharp turning sports and invariably in males, it happens in the groin most often. Its often due to tears in muscles around that area. Your innards bulge through the tear. The bulge can be noticeable or palpable. The symptoms are typically severe groin pain and rest does not make it better. The inguinal hernia (the being careful when you lift Kung Fu Panda sort) is when your innards shift down your inguinal canal, through a tear in the abdominal fascia, and into your ball sac. That’s also painful (duh). I hope Lew gets well soon.

      • badintent - Oct 30, 2012 at 5:00 PM

        Ouch, just picturing that is bad news !

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