Jason Repko Undergoes Foot Surgery

While the Commissioner's blackout on baseball news during the World Series has kept club's from making -- or at least announcing -- any sort of moves, there are a few things happening. Jason Repko had a surgery to relieve a plantar fascia on his foot; and a few late minor league roster changes have occurred.

Repko underwent a procedure on the plantar fascia in his left foot and a high frequency ultrasound to promote healing. Dr. Kenneth Jung of the Kerlan Clinic reported that everything went well and Repko would wear a walking boot for about two weeks. He will then be able to resume physical therapy and normal offseason activities.

The 25-year-old Repko, who batted .254 with three home runs and 16 RBI in 230 at-bats during an injury-plagued season, was one of the Dodgers' hottest hitters in April. He batted .328 (20-for-61), hit three home runs and drove in 12 runs.

But Repko suffered a sprained right ankle on May 9 when his cleat stuck in the outfield wall at Dodger Stadium while attempting to catch a Morgan Ensberg home run in the first inning, sending him to the 15-day disabled list.

He was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 15 and activated on July 24. But Repko struggled the remainder of the season, going 12-for-61 (.197) with no home runs and four RBI.

Repko was included on the Dodgers' 25-man Division Series roster against the New York Mets, but he didn't play in any of the three games.

Labor Agreement-- In a burst of sanity that has been a long time coming, negotiators for baseball players and owners are bargaining to reach a new labor contract before the end of the World Series.

The current contract runs out Dec. 19, and reaching agreement before the expiration would be a landmark for baseball, which had eight work stoppages from 1972-95.

In August 2002, the sides agreed to a deal hours before players were set to strike. It was the first time since 1970 that players and owners reached a labor contract without a work stoppage.

Player Moves--
Atlanta released LHP Wayne Franklin and he opted for free agency.
Boston assigned C Ken Huckaby to AAA and he elected free agency.
Chicago Cubs signed 1b Jesse Hoorelbeke
Kansas City released LHP Pat Mahomes
Philadelphia released 2B Joe Thurston.
Texas acquired RHP Francisco Cruceta off waivers from Seattle. Washington released RHPs Pedro Astacio, Felix Rodriguez and LHP Joey Eischen. Traded 1B Daryle Ward to Atlanta.

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