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Brantley to have surgery; Choo sidelined at least a few more days

By Sheldon Published: August 28, 2011


CLEVELAND:  The Indians lost another everyday for the season Sunday, when Michael Brantley was placed on the 60-day disabled list this afternoon.

 Shin-Soo Choo’s oblique soreness has sidelined him again, but so far there is no indication that he will become the eighth Tribe player on the DL.

 Brantley will undergo swurgery to remove the hook of his right hamate bone early this week at the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Thomas Graham will perform the operation, and head trainer Lonnie Soloff said Brantley would take six to nine weeks to recover, which means his season is over

The location of of the soreness Brantley was feeling changed from his right wrist to the palm of his hand, which made diagnosing the problem more difficult.

“”It’s an incomplete fracture,’’ Soloff said. “”It looks like it’s chronic or that it’s old. What the doctor does is remove the hook at the base (where it joins the hamate).’’

"”We were hopeful the way Choo felt the last two days -- the way he was swinging the bat and fielding his position -- that he would be able to play,’’ Soloff said. “”But in his second at-bat last night, (manager) Manny Acta and both saw something. Choo was adamant about staying in the game, but at that point, it was not prudent to do so.’’

 Choo stayed out of the lineup for two games before coming back Saturday night.

Outfielder Jerad Head was called up from Columbus and reliever Nick Hagadone was optioned back to Triple-A. Head made his major-league debut as the starter in left field today against the Royals.

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