Rattay excited after surgery

Fresh off surgery on his throwing arm, Tim Rattay says he is good to go and anxious to set forth on an offseason that will be the most pivotal of his career.

Team doctors on Tuesday relieved some tightness that has caused pain and swelling in Rattay's right forearm since training camp began earlier this summer.

"They went in there and cut the fascia that covers the muscle," Rattay said. "It just wasn't letting blood get in there, I guess – wouldn't let the muscles expand as much when they need to. They felt good about it. Everything looks good and they expect a full recovery. They said in about three weeks, I can start doing stuff again."

That won't be soon enough for Rattay, who has endured significant injuries to his groin, shoulder and foot this year in addition to problems in two separate areas of his throwing forearm.

Not one of the 325 passes Rattay tossed this season in his first year as the full-time starter, in fact, was thrown with a healthy arm. Rattay completed 198 of those passes (60.9 percent) for 2,169 yards with 10 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. His passer rating of 78.1 ranks 10th in the NFC.

"I'm looking forward to getting back and see how it feels after this," Rattay said. "It hasn't really been real good all year, obviously. The thing was, when it was healthy, it would feel pretty good Wednesday and Thursday, but by the time the end of the week came, I just didn't have that pop. Not to say I couldn't make some throws, but I just didn't have the pop that I'm used to having. I could still make throws and stuff, but it wasn't just popping off like I wanted to. "That's why I'm pretty fired up about this (surgery), just to know that there was a problem and they fixed it, and hopefully this will eliminate that problem."

Rattay said he plans to approach this offseason differently than any other of his first five seasons with the Niners.

"Definitely," he said. "I'm pretty motivated. I'm looking forward to this offseason and looking forward to getting going. My goal is to get bigger and get stronger. I just think overall strength will help me. I wasn't able to do that this year with injuries."

Rattay said he hopes to add between five and 10 pounds of muscle to help him prevent the variety of injuries that have plagued him this season.

"That's my goal, to get stronger and bigger, and to try and get faster, obviously," Rattay said. "I work out hard every year, so I don't know how much difference it will make. But my goal is to put some weight on and just improve on areas of strength that caused me problems, like my forearm, hand, shoulders - stuff like that."

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