Surgery possible for Conor Jackson

Conor Jackson will visit with Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia in the next couple of days to get his lower abdomen injury properly diagnosed. But the A’s outfielder said it’s possible he’ll need surgery to repair the problem, which would pretty much end his season. 

Jackson said he’s has felt discomfort in his lower abdomen and groin area since spring training. But he was hoping to put off any procedure to help him eradicate the pain until after the season. Jackson said he felt pain Thursday night in his first at-bat, and he had a hard time getting out of bed when he woke up this morning. He was later placed on the DL for the third time this season.

“It’s borderline embarrassing, because I come over to an organization and I’ve only played (18) games and I know they had high regards for me coming over here,” said Jackson, who was acquired from Arizona on June 15. “It’s just frustrating, and that’s really not even the word I’m looking for.  It’s probably something more.”

Jackson hasn’t been diagnosed yet, but if he needs surgery, the recovery time is between 4-6 weeks, so he should be ready for spring training next year. He’s until team control next season. Travis Buck had hernia surgery in 2006 when he was in the minors, and Meyers performed QB Donovan McNabb’s hernia surgery in Nov. 2005.  

Interestingly enough, Jackson’s injury opens the door for Buck to establish himself as an everyday outfielder. He’s in the lineup tonight.

A night off for Mark Ellis, as Steve Tolleson gets the start at second base. Three hours before the game, A’s manager Bob Geren was unsure if Craig Breslow or Michael Wuertz would be available tonight. But Breslow told Geren that his bruised forearm had been feeling much better.

The lineups

A’s — Crisp CF, Barton 1B, Suzuki C, Cust DH, Kouzmanoff 3B, Davis LF, Buck RF, Tolleson 2B, Pennington SS, Mazzaro P.

Rays — Jaso C, Zobrist 2B, Crawford LF, Longoria 3B, Pena 1B, Joyce RF, Aybar DH, Upton CF, Bartlett SS, Hellickson P.

Curtis Pashelka