Thursday, September 01, 2011

Casey Blake to Have Surgery

Earlier today we received word that Casey Blake will be having season ending surgery next week.

From Chris Adamski at MLB.

Blake, the Dodgers' third baseman when healthy, has been bothered by a pinched nerve in his neck all season. The pain didn't completely go away through three disabled-list stints, but Blake kept on playing.

Until now. The veteran did not make the trip with the team to Pittsburgh for the makeup game Thursday, and he will undergo surgery next week, ending his season.

"The whole idea is that this will give him the best chance to give it a run (at Spring Training next year)," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "He told me [Wednesday] -- we all knew it was his last day -- that he felt like a dog that was going to the vet. You put him in a car and he's kind of like, 'Hey I'm going to the vet. I'm in the car.' And then you get to the vet and you get sleepy, get tired. So I thought that was a good analogy."
I've always liked Blake and hope he can fully recover to play another day.

(Photo Credit: LA Dodgers Jon Soohoo)

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