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A’s first baseman Brandon Moss had a torn labrum repaired in his right hip this week as well as some clean-up work to fix an impingement in the hip.
The A’s announced that Moss will be on crutches for the next four weeks, after which they’ll have a clearer idea about his timetable for full activity. But Oakland assistant general manager David Forst said the current expectation is Moss will begin running in 12 weeks.
That schedule would have Moss running around mid-January. And if that’s the case, it’s reasonable to assume the 2014 All-Star would be ready for Opening Day, even if he was slowed a bit at the start of spring training in mid-February.
Surgery of some sort had been on the agenda all along for Moss, who revealed in September that he’d been battling hip pain for most of the season. He refused to blame his second-half hitting woes on the injury, but it seems to explain, at least partially, why Moss slumped to just four homers and 15 RBI after the All-Star break. He belted 21 homers with 66 RBI in the first half.
The surgery was performed by Nashville-based specialist Dr. Thomas Byrd.
The other significant offseason surgery for the A’s involved catcher Stephen Vogt, who had the plantar plate repaired in his right foot last week. His recovery is expected to have him 100 percent going into camp.