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Oscar Taveras needs season-ending ankle surgery

Aug 14, 2013, 8:53 PM EDT

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From Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch comes word that top prospect Oscar Taveras will undergo season-ending surgery next week to help the healing of his high right ankle sprain — an injury that has been bothering Taveras since May 12.

Taveras was supposed to light it up at Triple-A Memphis this season and then make his major league debut by the middle of the summer, but he injured his ankle on a hard slide into second base in his 31st game with the Memphis Rebirds and has experienced setback after setback with his rehab.

The 21-year-old Dominican outfielder wound up batting .306/.341/.462 with five home runs, five stolen bases and 32 RBI in a total of 46 games this season in the Pacific Coast League. He hit .321/.380/.572 with 23 home runs, 10 stolen bases and 94 RBI in 124 games last year at Double-A Springfield.

The Cardinals fully expect Taveras to be ready for the beginning of spring training next February in Jupiter, Florida and he could be the starting center fielder in St. Louis on Opening Day 2014.

  1. afrancis55 - Aug 14, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    Should’ve done the surgery earlier instead of having this nonsense drag on

    • fearlessleader - Aug 14, 2013 at 10:44 PM

      The Cards have certainly been guilty of some strange and stupid medical decisions, but hindsight is always 20/20, and you don’t just slice into your top prospect’s ankle until you’re out of other options. This wasn’t a matter of knowing what sort of repair was needed and waiting it out in the hope that the joint would heal on its own; from what I’ve read, they’re still not entirely sure why it’s remained problematic, and the surgery is largely exploratory.

      Hope it turns out to be a straightforward fix so that Taveras can be healthy and ready to play next year.

    • forsch31 - Aug 15, 2013 at 4:28 PM

      1. High ankle sprains usually don’t require surgery.

      2. Most doctors (usually, the competent ones) opt for surgery as a last resort, because once you cut open something and start mucking around in there, there’s really no undoing whatever you do. So you better damn well be sure you absolutely need the surgery.

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  2. okwhitefalcon - Aug 14, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    A tough ending to a lost year in Taveras’ development.

    The speculation on the possibility of the Cards going beyond a qualifying offer to Carlos Beltran begins in 3,2…

  3. pappageorgio - Aug 15, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    That must be one helluva high ankle sprain. Those things suck and generally take a long time to heal, but usually only require the player to stay off of it for a while.

    Just speculation….but surgery for this injury might indicate something a bit more sinister than just a high ankle sprain.

  4. blaze310 - Aug 15, 2013 at 3:21 AM

    fucking bust!!

  5. 13arod - Aug 15, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    If he would have had the surgy earlier he might of been called up this year

    • forsch31 - Aug 15, 2013 at 4:33 PM

      The doctor who made the decision to do the surgery did so because the three months of rehab didn’t help, not because of the seriousness of the injury. It’s a scope to figure out exactly why it the ankle isn’t healing, That’s not the kind of surgery you order “earlier.” I had a scope on my knee, after about 6 months of rehab and a coritizone shot didn’t help.

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