A’s catcher Stephen Vogt will need about eight weeks to recover from Tuesday’s foot surgery.
A’s catcher Stephen Vogt is scheduled for a post-surgery checkup Thursday, then will fly back from Los Angeles to Washington State to begin six-to-eight weeks of recovery.
Vogt had Dr. Kenneth Jung repair the plantar plates in his right foot Tuesday. Along the way, Jung removed scar tissue built up over the last three months of the season as Vogt tried to play through the injury. Some repair work had to be done on the capsule of the second metatarsal.
Vogt was limited to first base and the outfield after the injury came down in late June, then just first base after the All-Star break with occasional spot starts as the designated hitter. By the time of his last appearance in the outfield on July 11 he sported a .376 average and was one of the hottest hitters in the game.
From that point on, however, he averaged just .220 in his last 52 games as the injury took its toll, and he finished the season with a .279 average knowing that surgery was in his best interests.
“I’m doing good,’’ Vogt said from Los Angeles Wednesday. “I’ll see the doc again tomorrow, fly home for a couple of weeks, then come back down here for another checkup. But things went well, and that’s all good.’’
Vogt said he’ll spend most of the next four weeks just recuperating, then the four weeks after that doing physical therapy to get back the strength in flexibility in his foot. By Christmas he hopes to be ready to start his regular workouts and build up to spring training in February.
“It’s not that I couldn’t have caught a game the second half of the season if I’d absolutely needed to,’’ Vogt said. “It’s that they told me the pain would be so much after catching one game that I’d be out three or four days after. Physically not being able to do anything for days at a time wouldn’t have worked.’’
The A’s have one more off-season surgery scheduled. Brandon Moss will have surgery to repair a troublesome hip next Tuesday in Nashville with Dr. Thomas Byrd performing the procedure. Moss played the final four months of the season with the hip giving him occasional problems, and it got worse as the season went on.
He had a cortisone shot the final week of the season and hit two home runs and drove in five runs in the A’s 12-inning 9-8 loss to the Royals in the American League wild card playoff game.