Buck and Chavez Scheduled for Surgery
OAKLAND, Calif. – The Oakland Athletics announced today outfielder Travis Buck (right elbow), third baseman Eric Chavez (right shoulder) and outfielder Mark Kotsay (lower back) will miss the remainder of the 2007 season with various injuries.
Buck was placed on the 15-day disabled list on August 20 retroactive to August 18 with a strained left hamstring. However, he will undergo right elbow surgery on September 10 that will sideline him for the rest of the season.
Chavez, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list on August 3 retroactive to July 27 with lower back spasms, will undergo season-ending right shoulder surgery on September 5.
Kotsay was placed on the 15-day disabled list on August 17 retroactive to August 15 with lower back spasms, marking his second stint on the DL this season. He began the season on the disabled list after having microdiscectomy surgery on his lower back on March 8. He was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on April 23 and was reinstated from the DL on June 1.
"Despite the desires of all three players to get back on the field in 2007, we, as an organization, feel it is important for them to begin the healing process and to break the cycle of injuries that have plagued the A's in 2007," said Vice President and General Manager Billy Beane. "What is most important for Eric, Mark, and Travis is that they start to look forward to a healthy 2008."
The A’s have used an Oakland-record and a Major League-leading 51 players this season and have used the disabled list 22 times this season, which ties an Oakland record set in 1992. The 22 players on the DL have combined to miss 1039 games this season. The A’s currently have nine players on the DL and had at least nine players on the disabled list for 66 days this season.