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Moss on crutches now; should be ready for spring training

Brandon Moss will be on weight-bearing crutches for four weeks after having successful hip surgery Tuesday.

Brandon Moss will be on weight-bearing crutches for four weeks after having successful hip surgery Tuesday.

Brandon Moss will need about three months before he can start running again after having surgery on his right hip Tuesday.

He’ll spend the next month on partial weight-bearing crutches after Dr. Thomas Byrd repaired a torn labrum as well as some other general cleanup to alleviate the impingement in Moss’s hip.

The good news for the A’s is that there’s no need for microfracture surgery for Moss, which means he could be good to go by the time spring training rolls around mid-February.

Moss first felt hip pain in May but made the American League All-Star team for the first time. After hitting 268 with 21 homers and 66 RBIs up to the All-Star break, Moss saw his production fall off substantially in the second half of the season,

    In his final 59 games his average fell to .173 with just four homers and 15 RBIs. He got a cortisone shot in the final weeks of the season, and that seemed to mask the pain well enough for him to return to form.

He homered twice in the first five innings of the A’s American League wild card game against Kansas City Sept. 30 to help build a 7-3 lead, but Oakland eventually lost that one 9-8 in 12 innings.

The A’s say Moss will visit Dr. Byrd in Nashville in four weeks.

“At that time, we will have a better sense of a timeline for his return,’’ assistant general manager David Forst said in an email. “The current expectation is that he’ll begin running activity at 12 weeks post-op.’’

That would have Moss running about four weeks before the start of spring training, giving him a chance to have a full and healthy spring if all goes well.’’

John Hickey

A longtime baseball writer three years into in his second go-round covering to the Oakland A's beat after a dozen years covering the Seattle Mariners. Covered the A's through the late 1980s and 1990s.