Adam Rosales has a secret. Or, he did.
The A’s utilityman informed Jane Lee of MLB.com on Thursday that he underwent surgery on his right foot on December 8 and will need another two or three months to get back to 100 percent health.
In other words, Rosales is not going to be ready when spring training begins and is likely to open the 2011 season on the disabled list.
He is aiming to begin playing in live spring games on March 15, but he’ll only meet that goal if he avoids setbacks and that still leaves him with just two weeks to prepare for the start of the 2011 season. The 27-year-old will probably be asked to take some reps at Triple-A Sacramento before joining the A’s around mid-April.
Rosales hit .271/.321/.400 with seven homers and 31 RBI over 255 at-bats last season. He is expected to serve as a utilityman for Oakland in 2011 once he is fully rehabbed.
Jared Diamond of The Wall Street Journal reports that Mets second baseman Neil Walker is expected to undergo season-ending surgery to fix a herniated disk in his lower back. Walker has avoided the disabled list but hasn’t played since last Saturday and has only two starts since August 22.
If Walker does indeed go under the knife, he’ll end his first season with the Mets with a terrific .282/.347/.476 triple-slash line with 23 home runs and 55 RBI in 458 plate appearances. While the Mets couldn’t have foreseen Daniel Murphy having such a terrific season, Walker was more than adequate in Murphy’s shoes at second base.
Kelly Johnson and Wilmer Flores have handled second base in Walker’s absence and will continue to do so through the remainder of the season.
Rockies 1B/OF Stephen Cardullo celebrated his 29th birthday on Wednesday, so the rookie decided to celebrate by homering in both games of his team’s doubleheader at home against the Dodgers.
In the first game, Cardullo pinch-hit for Chris Rusin in the seventh inning and drilled a solo home run off of Casey Fien. In the second game, Cardullo smacked a grand slam to left-center field off of Bud Norris in the first inning.
Cardullo made his major league debut this past Friday. He was hitless in his first five at-bats before singling as a pinch-hitter on Monday.