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More on the medical front …

The A’s medical news comes fast and furious these days, so here’s the latest following Bob Geren’s daily pre-game media chat:

Eric Chavez’s right shoulder surgery took place today as expected and, according to team officials, it was tremendously successful (have you ever heard any professional team actually say that a player’s surgery was a disappointment?). Chavez actually had three different procedures performed on his shoulder area, all aimed at repairing and stabilizing his labrum. He also had some work done on his biceps tendon. 

The A’s had said they didn’t know what type of operating would be done until doctors began the surgery. The upshot is Chavez faces six months of rehab and that he should be ready to play at the end of that time, which would be right around the time spring training begins in mid-
February. He won’t start throwing for 4 1/2-to-5 months. “They were very, very pleased following surgery,” A’s trainer Steve Sayles said. “It’s all up to rehab now … but, you know, things happen.”

Don’t read too much into that last part. I think Sayles just meant that there aren’t any guarantees that surgery cures everything. We already know that based on Chavy’s three surgeries last off-season that weren’t the cure-all he hoped they would be. …

Today’s A’s lineup vs. the Rays: Mark Ellis 2B; Carlos Gonzalez CF; Frank Thomas DH; Jack Cust RF; Bobby Crosby SS; Jack Hannahan 1B; Kurt Suzuki C; Eric Patterson LF; Cliff Pennington 3B.

Geren said he wants to give Patterson more at-bats to show what he can do. Cust played some RF last year so we’ll see how that goes. Geren also wants to see Pennington, a switch hitter, bat from the left side with the Rays throwing a right-hander in Andy Sonnanstine. … Surprised to see Hannahan in the lineup instead of Barton? Hannahan is 3-for-8 with 2 HRs vs. Sonnanstine lifetime. He could certainly use some encouraging vibes as he walks to the plate, that’s for sure … 

Joe Stiglich