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Saenz has surgery on ruptured Achilles

Posted: Wednesday October 02, 2002 1:59 PM

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Oakland Athletics reserve infielder Olmedo Saenz had surgery to repair his ruptured right Achilles' tendon Wednesday.

The two-hour procedure, performed by team doctor Jerrald Goldman, was "successful," the team said. The 31-year-old Saenz will wear a cast for six weeks, A's trainer Larry Davis said, then will follow with physical therapy.

"We'll just see what it looks like after [the cast comes off]," Davis said.

The tear was "significant," Davis said, especially considering Saenz's Achilles' ruptured vertically rather than the typical horizontal tear.

Saenz, who had missed 23 games in September with a sprained left middle finger, was injured in the eighth inning of Oakland's 7-5 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday in Game 1 of the best-of-five AL division series.

He was running out a squibber that rolled foul, then grabbed his right leg about halfway between home and first base and fell across the bag. He had entered the game in the sixth as a pinch-hitter and stayed in to play first base.

Saenz's injury doesn't usually require a cast, but he had a bone spur that complicated surgery, Davis said. The spur was removed before the tear was repaired.

While in the minors in 1997, Saenz sustained the same injury on his left leg during spring training and missed most of the year before returning to play in two games for Sarasota of the rookie Gulf Coast League. He also had bone spurs in his left leg that were removed and have since returned.

Saenz is in the second year of a two-year contract with an option for 2003. Davis said the A's will see him through his recovery, regardless of whether he is re-signed by the club.

"It's an honor bound thing to try to return these guys back to life the same way as when you got him," Davis said.

Saenz, from Chitre Herrera, Panama, signed with Oakland as a free agent in late 1998. Manager Art Howe kept him on the postseason roster for his versatility in the infield, his power and situational hitting.

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