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Injury news continues for A’s — Adam Rosales to DL, Michael Ynoa likely to have Tommy John surgery

Here’s an early post since there’s news to report from Target Field, which still has that new ballpark smell to me …

–The A’s placed Adam Rosales on the disabled list with a stress fracture in his right ankle, and the plan is for him to rest for four weeks. Considering it’s mid-August, it seems possible Rosales could be shelved the rest of the season, though assistant GM David Forst said it’s too early to tell.

The bigger long-term concern for the A’s came with today’s news that prized pitching prospect Michael Ynoa will undergo elbow surgery Aug. 24, and the A’s expect him to have ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction — or Tommy John surgery. Dr. Lewis Yocum will handle the procedure, and Forst said the exact work to be done won’t be known until Yocum begins operating. Deja vu, wouldn’t you say? Just two days ago, you read that Ben Sheets will have UCL reconstruction. This news regarding Ynoa, 18, obviously is troubling for the A’s considering how highly touted he is and how much money is invested in him. The A’s gave him a $4.25 million bonus in July 2008, the biggest bonus a major league team had ever given an international amateur who wasn’t from Cuba. The typical recovery time frame from this surgery is anywhere from 12 to 18 months.

Perhaps it’s best for Ynoa and the A’s that he’s getting this out of the way now. Tommy John surgery is a rather common procedure these days and lots of pitchers recover from it fully (Andrew Bailey, for one, had it in college). But when will the parade of A’s pitchers having Tommy John surgery end? Since the start of the 2008 season, Joey Devine, Josh Outman, Dan Giese, John Meloan, Fautino De Los Santos, Ben Sheets and Ynoa have either had the procedure or are scheduled to have it. That’s a lot of arms on the mend …

I’ll have another update after Bob Geren gives his daily media address …

Posted by on August 13, 2010.

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John Hickey has been a Major League Baseball beat writer since the late 1980s. John is rejoining the Bay Area News Group as the A’s beat writer after spending the past 12 years covering the Seattle Mariners on a daily basis. John was the A’s beat writer for ANG Newspapers from the late 1980s until [...]more →