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Grieve undergoes thumb surgery
St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - Tampa Bay Devil Rays outfielder-
designated hitter Ben Grieve had surgery on his left thumb Thursday, one day
after the club placed him on the 15-day disabled list with an infection in the
The procedure, done at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, was undertaken to
determine the cause of the ailment. The infection was cleaned and Grieve is
now expected to miss at least a month.
Grieve, who spent last Friday night in a Baltimore hospital to receive
treatment for the thumb, hasn't played since last Thursday. He is batting just
.244 with no homers and two RBI in 15 games for the Rays this season.
Grieve had problems with the same thumb last season and missed a few
games in April before it healed. The soreness returned earlier last week
and turned into an infection on Friday. Grieve took oral antibiotics
before Friday's game with the Orioles, but was sent to Bayview Hospital
after the contest and was treated more aggressively overnight.
Tampa Bay recalled infielder Felix Escalona from Double-A Orlando on Thursday
to replace Grieve.
04/24 18:56:27 ET
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