{}
CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

Hip surgery performed on Abreu

Hip surgery performed on Abreu

|
CHICAGO -- Rookie utility man Tony Abreu underwent hip surgery Wednesday at the Steadman-Hawkins Clinic in Vail, Colo., and doctors are hopeful it will finally resolve his eight-month injury ordeal. He is expected to be sidelined three months.

Abreu, 23, missed half of last season and ultimately underwent surgery last October to repair a sports hernia, but early in Spring Training developed discomfort in the groin area, and specialists have been unable to pinpoint the cause. He has been disabled all this season.

Dr. Marc Philippon, a pioneer in hip surgery, reviewed MRI results and suspected Abreu's problem is the result of torn labrum inside the hip joint, which tends to refer pain to other locations, like the groin area.

Abreu will be on crutches during a two-week therapy program in Vail, after which doctors will determine the next step and location of his recovery. It will be at least six weeks before he can resume limited baseball activities.

The loss of Abreu has proved to be costly to the Dodgers, who were expecting him to be a versatile utility man that can play second base, third base and shortstop. It was hoped he would be able to spell 40-year-old second baseman Jeff Kent, as well as be the primary replacement for shortstop Rafael Furcal, who has been disabled for nearly three weeks.

Chin-lung Hu made the club out of Spring Training largely because of Abreu's absence.

Manager Joe Torre said he is not expecting Abreu back this year, but said "hopefully, this will solve all the problems the kid's gone through."

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

{}
{}
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español