From Citizens Bank Park – Josh Rawitch
Eric’s surgery was a success, as you might have read by now. Dr. Jobe thinks he could be back in a game as soon as six week or as long as eight or maybe nine weeks, but the surgery lasted just about half an hour and they removed the nerve that was causing the problem. Overall, this is the best news we could have hoped for, given the situation.
Here in Philly, Rafael Furcal was a late scratch from the lineup due to a contusion in his right shin, suffered Wednesday night in Los Angeles. Jason Repko moved up to the leadoff spot, followed by Jose Cruz, Drew, Kent, Loney, Mueller, Ramon Martinez, Navarro and Tomko. In the first inning, Loney tripled for his first Major League RBI.
Furcal seems like he’ll be available to pinch-hit, but it certainly was strange walking into the training room about half an hour before game time and seeing three All-Star shortstops – Cesar Izturis, Furcal and Nomar – all getting treatment. The good news is, all three could be back at some point in the next month and there aren’t very many teams that can lay claim to having three All-Star shorstops in the lineup somewhere (even the Yankees only have two)!