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Thomas to undergo surgery
Slugger to have bone spur removed from right ankle
Posted: Friday September 10, 1999 06:40 PM
The decision was made Friday after consulation with Thomas, team podiatrist Dr. Lowell Scott Weil, White Sox general manager Ron Schueler and trainer Herm Schneider.
Thomas was not at the ballpark Friday to comment.
"We decided it was in everyone's best interest to go ahead and move Frank's surgery up instead of waiting until after the season ended," Schueler said.
During the surgery, Weil will remove a bone spur from Thomas' ankle and the corn from his small toe, and perform several other minor podiatric procedures.
Thomas finished with a .305 average, 15 home runs and 77 RBIs. It's the first time he has not driven in 100 RBIs or hit at least 20 home runs since 1990, his first full season in the majors.
Thomas, 31, has been bothered by the corn on his toe for much of the season and returned to Chicago on Monday from the team's road trip to undergo tests Tuesday. X-rays confirmed a significant spur on his right ankle and an ultrasound confirmed tendinitis in the ankle.
He has not played since striking out as a pinch-hitter Sept. 6 in the first game of a doubleheader at Texas. He last started on Sept. 3 before leaving in the third inning with a bruised ankle.
Thomas was batting .271 since the All-Star break with just three homers and 20 RBIs. After stating in spring training that he intended to play about 100 games at first base, Thomas changed his tune and insisted he was strictly a designated hitter. In 50 games at first, Thomas hit .346, and he batted .281 as the designated hitter.
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