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Hafner to have shoulder surgery

Postby GhostofTedCox » Mon Oct 13, 2008 11:34 pm

After further review, Dr. James Andrews will preform arthroscopic shoulder surgery on Hafner on Tuesday. Andrews will clean out the shoulder and try to find out why it's causing him pain.
I almost hope they find a medical reason. At least that could be fixed.
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Re: Hafner to have shoulder surgery

Postby TonyIBI » Mon Oct 13, 2008 11:37 pm ... p&c_id=cle

Travis Hafner's shoulder strength was at 75 percent when he returned to baseball activity in August. It was at 70 percent when his end-of-season physical examination was performed.

With that information in hand, the Indians had Hafner make a second visit to Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., on Monday, and the decision was made to have Hafner undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder. Andrews will perform the surgery, which has some exploratory undertones, on Tuesday.

According to Soloff, neither MRIs nor clinical examinations of Hafner's shoulder this year have revealed a need for reconstruction or repair. But Soloff said it is not out of the realm of possibility that the surgery will unveil such a need.

For now, then, the details of what the surgery will accomplish are rather murky. Soloff was expecting another update on Tuesday.

"We identified some chronic changes in Travis' shoulder that are not dissimilar from an athlete's shoulder, a thrower's shoulder," he said. "The process is to arthroscopically clean out any chronic changes and investigate any other anatomical reasons for pain."

The Indians are holding out hope that Hafner will be able to report to Spring Training at 100 percent strength, following rehabilitation from the surgery. But because the details of the surgery are not yet known, a complete timetable for his recovery really can't be speculated upon.

The Indians' medical staff and Andrews both declared that Hafner's shoulder did not require surgery this summer. The thinking was that he could get to full strength through a strength and conditioning program.

"The thought here is that he, in essence, failed conservative management," Soloff said. "We gave him a six-to-eight-week window of conservative management. He resumed baseball activities for four to six weeks, and his shoulder still maintains symptoms. The strength regressed, so in our minds, the best way to have Travis unrestricted in terms of baseball activities is to proceed through a diagnostic arthroscopy."

Soloff was asked why the Indians didn't have the surgery performed sooner, to increase the chances of Hafner being back to form by Spring Training.

"We don't approach any type of surgical intervention in a cavalier way," he said. "At that time we sought several opinions, and no one thought surgery was indicated at that time."
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Re: Hafner to have shoulder surgery

Postby jellis » Wed Oct 15, 2008 12:45 pm

Travis Hafner had shoulder surgery, and the results gave some real hope to the Indians about the slugger. There was some very real damage found in the joint -- maybe from an old weight lifting injury -- and there is a sense this will help Hafner get better and move forward and get back to being the kind of hitter he was two years ago.
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