Larish to have season-ending surgery
UPDATED @ 5:25 PT: If you were looking ahead to Jeff Larish returning to Detroit for a September call-up and a lefty power bat off the bench for the Tigers, well, it won’t be happening. In case you missed it, John Wagner of The Blade in Toledo had the scoop this morning that Larish will have season-ending surgery on his right wrist and hand:
Larish, who had been playing with a wrist injury
before injuring his hand during the team’s series in Columbus, will
leave the team today.
Tigers head athletic trainer Kevin Rand confirmed the surgery, which will be on Larish’s wrist. It’ll be performed in Arizona by Dr. Donald Sheridan, who performed a previous wrist surgery on Larish. They don’t know the extent of the injury yet, but even if it isn’t severe, he won’t have enough time left in the season to get back to action.
Rand said Larish had the injury checked out around the All-Star break in mid-July (the breaks run concurrently between Triple-A and the Majors) but nothing at that point suggested surgery. He played through it and obviously suffered — a .247 average after the break, just .185 in August and a 5-for-36 skid over his final 10 games.
The timetable for a return won’t be known until they figure out what’s wrong in there, so there’s no certainty yet whether this affects any offseason plans. He played an awful lot last offseason between the Arizona Fall League and winter ball, trying to get back up to speed at third base.