Oakland A's MLN: Off-Season Surgeries

The 2010 season was marked by injuries in the Oakland A's system. That has carried over into the off-season, as a number of A's prospects have already undergone procedures. Many of these procedures were of the clean-up variety, but at least one will linger late into next season. For more details, click inside...

Off-Season MASH list

For some Oakland A's prospects, the off-season won't just be about resting their bodies and gearing up for next season; it will also be about rehabilitation and recovery from surgery. A number of A's prospects have already gone under the knife this off-season. We have an update from A's Director of Player Development Keith Lieppman on those players who have had surgeries already.

Knee issues caused a trio of A's prospects to land on the operating table. Outfielders Corey Brown, Jeremy Barfield and Rashad Ramsey have all had knee surgeries.

The surgeries for Brown and Barfield were described as "clean-up" procedures, as both players played through knee soreness throughout the 2010 regular season. Despite that discomfort, Brown appeared in 131 games, batting .283/.370/.466 with 22 stolen bases for Triple-A Sacramento and Double-A Midland, and Barfield appeared in 135 games for High-A Stockton, batting .272/.340/.417 with 17 homers. This is the second consecutive off-season that Barfield has had knee surgery. Brown missed significant playing time with knee soreness in 2009. Both players are expected to be recovered well before the start of spring training.

Ramsey, the A's 20th round pick out of Chattooga High School in Georgia, had surgery to repair a torn meniscus. A top athlete, Ramsey was recruited by colleges to play both football and baseball. He was considered a raw player coming out of the draft and hit only .152/.197/.182 in 66 at-bats for the AZL A's this season. Ramsey was six-for-six in stolen bases. He is also expected to be ready for spring training.

Fellow 2010 draft pick Jordan Tripp (round seven) had surgery on his wrist that Lieppman described as "clean-up," as well. The Golden West College alum hit only .186/.291/.275 in 102 at-bats for short-season Vancouver and the AZL A's this year. Like Ramsey, Tripp was considered a raw prospect with impressive physical tools coming out of the draft.

Two pitchers also underwent procedures. Left-hander Fabian Williamson, acquired by the A's for Eric Patterson during the season, had surgery on his left middle finger to correct a problem with the nail on that finger that was impacting his curveball. Williamson went 5-2 with a 4.57 ERA in 63 innings for Stockton after the trade. His K:BB ratio was 49:45.

Southpaw Cedrick Bowers, who spent much of the 2010 season in the A's bullpen, will likely miss all of next year after having Tommy John surgery on his left elbow. The hard-throwing Bowers had a 3.66 ERA with 50 strike-outs in 32 innings for Triple-A Sacramento and a 4.50 ERA with 18 strike-outs in 14 innings for the A's this season. He was removed from the A's 40-man roster a few weeks ago. He could remain with the A's on a minor league deal while he recovers from the surgery, much as Dan Giese did this season after undergoing Tommy John surgery during the 2009 campaign.

A Week Of Firsts For Carter

All it took for A's prospect Chris Carter to get going at the major league level was a little home-cooking and a visit from his original organization. Carter went 0-33 to start his major league career, all of those at-bats coming on the road. Debuting at the Coliseum, Carter went 4-for-7 against the Chicago White Sox, which was the team that drafted him out of a Las Vegas high school in 2005.

Carter's first major league hit came on Monday in the sixth inning. It was a clean single to left. He also walked in that game. On Tuesday, Carter collected two more singles and then followed that up with a long homer to left on Wednesday off of Chicago starter Edwin Jackson. Carter hit 31 homers in 465 at-bats for the Sacramento River Cats this season and was named to the Pacific Coast League post-season All-Star team.

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