Though Atlanta Braves outfielder Matt Diaz has been attempting to allow the wound to his right thumb to heal on its own since being placed on the disabled list on July 21, ajc.com reports that he will have season-ending surgery on Wednesday.
The decision was made Monday afternoon by Braves hand specialist Dr. Gary Lourie, who will perform the operation on Wednesday morning. It will be two months before Diaz will be able to swing a bat at full speed.
“I’ve known for a while, but we’ve given it pretty much every way to rest possible,” Diaz said. “The hole is just not closing up. It’s still a hard callous in there, and it still hurts like crazy on the nerve. So they’re going to go in and look at the nerve, take the little foreign bodies out, and have me ready to have a full offseason.”
This will be the second such surgery for Diaz in two years; he is getting splinters removed that Diaz believes are the result of being stabbed by a palm frond while working in the yard of his Florida home in 2006.
Diaz was placed on the DL on July 21 after attempting to play through the pain for six weeks. An MRI revealed two foreign bodies in his thumb, and after a dose of antibiotics the pain never subsided.
“He’s going to cut it wide open search around in there and make sure we get every last (remnant),” Diaz said. “I’m confident in that…I am 100 percent sure when Dr. Lourie is done that I will be at peace that there’s nothing left in there.”
Diaz hit .222 with two home runs and 13 RBIs in 51 games this season.
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