Boesch has surgery on right thumb
Brennan Boesch underwent surgery Tuesday morning to repair the torn ligament in his right thumb. The surgery, which the Tigers had been hoping to have done while they’re in town this week, officially ends Boesch’s 2011 season.
Dr. Thomas Graham, the renowned hand specialist who has been following Boesch’s situation ever since he first injured the thumb during the Tigers’ last trip here last month, performed the operation at the Cleveland Clinic.
If this was a situation earlier in the season, when Boesch might be looking to come back, head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said the typical timetable for recovery and return would be 10-12 weeks. In this late-season case, he’ll be on a much more relaxed timetable, and will be ready to go when Spring Training begins in February, if not sooner. He’ll have his thumb in a splint for the next two weeks before he’s re-evaulated.
Boesch spent Tuesday evening back at the team hotel after the surgery. He’ll be traveling with the Tigers when they return home Wednesday evening. He’ll continue to travel with the team through the postseason, Rand said.