Carl Steward, filling in for Joe Stiglich. Here’s a brief story I filed on Ryan Sweeney for the website. More details forthcoming.
In yet another injury setback for the hard-luck A’s, right fielder Ryan Sweeney was placed on the disabled list and will be lost for the season after electing to have surgery on his right knee to alleviate patella tendinitis.
The 25-year-old Sweeney, who was hitting .294 with one home run and 37 RBIs, has been the A’s No. 3 hitter for much of the year. He has been bothered by the knee tendinitis since last season but received occasional injections to curb the pain. After the pain worsened, Sweeney had an MRI last week and made a mutual decision with the club that the surgery was necessary.
A date has not been scheduled for the surgery but Sweeney said it will be very soon. He hopes to be back 100 percent for spring training in 2011.
Noted Vail, Colo., orthopedic surgeon J. Richard Steadman, who has performed knee surgeries on numerous professional athletes including John Elway, Joe Montana and Bruce Smith as well as U.S. Olympic skiers Phil Mahre, Picabo Street and Bode Miller, will conduct the surgery on Sweeney.