Rafael Furcal had an MRI yesterday on his ankle and everything came back as expected. No need for surgery, but rest and rehab this winter should have him back at 100 percent by Spring Training, which is great news.
Tony Abreu is in Philadelphia right now where he saw a specialist on sports hernias earlier today and he will have surgery tomorrow to repair it. He’s expected to need about six to eight weeks of recovery time and can then resume his normal offseason conditioning and also be fully ready for Spring Training.
As much as I can, I’ll post these updates for you throughout the winter so you have the latest news available to you. Obviously I won’t always remember and sometimes you’ll read about it elsewhere first, but be sure to check back regularly for news.
And thank you to the fan for feedback on Fan Appreciation Day. I can assure you that there were significantly more than 50 prizes given away (I believe it was about five times that many throughout the game), but not everyone can win. I do like your idea of having some sort of thank you to all fans, not just those who win prizes. I can’t guarantee that will happen, but I’ll take the idea to the appropriate people here.
I can tell you that as a kid, I used to come to Fan Appreciation Day with my great uncle every year and it became a great family tradition despite the fact that we never actually won anything (if I remember correctly, the closest we ever got was about five seats away and the guy won a set of 10 ties). As my uncle currently battles cancer and is unlikely to live much longer, it’s the memories of going to the game with him that I treasure far more than had I won an autographed ball or a night in a suite (oh wait, there weren’t suites back then).
Anyway, I wasn’t looking to dampen anyone’s day, just remind everyone how much a day at the ballpark can create lifelong memories…I do appreciate the feedback on things like that so keep it coming.