Chavez to have season-ending right shoulder surgery

Updated: August 5, 2008, 3:41 PM ET
Associated Press

TORONTO -- Oakland Athletics third baseman Eric Chavez will have surgery to repair fraying of the labrum in his right shoulder next week, ending his season after he played in just 23 games.

Eric Chavez

Chavez

Assistant general manager David Forst said Chavez elected to have surgery now, rather than after the season, to increase his chances of being healthy in time for spring training.

"He's been dealing with this shoulder problem for a long time," Forst said. "Going in to repair the problem is his best chance now to open up next year feeling 100 percent."

An 11-year veteran and six-time Gold Glove award winner, Chavez batted .247 with two homers and 14 RBIs in 89 at-bats this season.

The surgery, tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 13, will be performed by team orthopedist Dr. John Frazier.

Chavez, 30, had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder last September, one of three operations he had during the offseason. He also had back surgery in October and left shoulder surgery in November.

"The good news is his back feels great and his left shoulder is not a problem," Forst said. "It seems like those two issues have been addressed. Going through an offseason last year and rehabbing three different surgeries at once was not easy. This time, he'll be able to focus on just one thing."

Chavez began this season on the disabled list while recovering from his back surgery, returning to the lineup on May 28. He was forced onto the disabled list July 2 because of inflammation in his right shoulder.

"Anytime you have a player of his caliber, you'd always love him to be in your lineup," manager Bob Geren said. "But looking at him getting this behind him and ready to contribute on a daily basis next year is exciting."

Oakland's first-round pick in the 1996 draft, Chavez was limited to 90 games last season because of back and shoulder pain.

Chavez also missed 33 games in 2004 when he broke a bone in his right hand after being hit by a pitch from Chicago White Sox left-hander Damaso Marte.


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