08/13/08 11:21 PM ET
Chavez out six months after surgery
Veteran gets good news after possibility career might be over
By Jane Lee / MLB.com
That's wishful thinking for the A's, but how nice it would be considering that's the estimated time of Eric Chavez's anticipated return to the hot corner.
The Gold Glove third baseman underwent a two-hour-plus surgery on his right shoulder Wednesday. Team doctors John Frazier and Thomas Peatman performed an anterior labral repair and a lesion repair, along with a biceps tendon transposition.
"It went extremely well," said a pleased Steve Sayles, the team's head athletic trainer. "The doctors were very, very pleased following the surgery."
Wednesday's news proved to be rather encouraging considering Chavez mentioned a couple weeks ago that his labrum was possibly too damaged to repair, adding it could potentially end his career.
The 30-year-old had been on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation since July 2 and had been lightly rehabbing the injury until those efforts were completely shut down after surgery was scheduled.
Sayles said Chavez should be good to go after six months but even throwing will have to wait 4-5 months -- not a bad prognosis, though, considering the words "career-ending" weren't out of the question just a month ago.
"It's all up to the rehab now, but he should do very well," Sayles said. "We were extremely happy our surgeons were able to do this surgery."
Jane Lee is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.