Conor Jackson to undergo surgery for sports hernia next week

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Athletics assistant general manager David Forst confirmed to Jane Lee of MLB.com today that Conor Jackson will undergo surgery to repair a sports hernia next week.

Jackson told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle on Sunday that he was “99 percent sure” that he had a sports hernia, so this new doesn’t come as much of a surprise. Frankly, no injury with Jackson does. Dr. William Meyers, who examined him over the weekend, will perform the surgery on September 1. It will almost certainly be season-ending, but Jackson is fully-expected to be ready for spring training next season.

The 28-year-old outfielder/first baseman has batted just .236/.336/.327 with two home runs and 16 RBI in 208 at-bats between the Diamondbacks and Athletics this season. Jackson was acquired from the D-Backs in June, however he has only been able to play in 16 games with Oakland, mostly due to a lengthy absence with a hamstring injury.

The former 2003 first-round pick barely survived being non-tendered by the Diamondbacks last December after missing most of the 2009 season due to valley fever, but he should be looking for new employment this winter.

Scott Feldman underwent season-ending knee surgery

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The Reds announced on Tuesday that starter Scott Feldman underwent season-ending arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. The right-hander was placed on the disabled list with knee inflammation on Friday.

Feldman, 34, made 21 starts this season, posting a 4.77 ERA with a 93/35 K/BB ratio in 111 1/3 innings. He’s a free agent after the season but may have to settle for a minor league deal going into 2018 given his age and recent injury woes.

MLB to implement code of conduct for fans next year

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Following an embarrassing scene at Fenway Park earlier this year in which Orioles outfielder Adam Jones was taunted with racial slurs and had peanuts thrown at him, Major League Baseball will implement a universal code of conduct for fans at major league ballparks starting next season, ESPN’s Scott Lauber reports.

MLB spokesman Michael Teevan said, “We are working with the clubs on security and fan conduct initiatives at all of our ballparks. We will be issuing a league-wide fan code of conduct for the 2018 season.”

As Lauber notes, every team has its own code of conduct but some are more thorough than others. The Red Sox added “hate speech” to their code of conduct after the Jones incident and Major League Baseball, unsurprisingly, wants to make sure fans at every ballpark are clear on what behaviors will and will not be tolerated.

Since the Jones incident, Major League Baseball has been encouraging teams to be more inclusive, though Kennedy clarified that “there’s not been any directive or mandate.”