Posted on 27-02-2008
Filed Under (SF Giants) by Michael New Jr.

Omar Vizquel Injures KneeJust when you thought it couldn’t get any worse…you go and to something like this! It’s sad to say, but the San Francisco Giants won’t be fielding their starting shortstop come opening day. Omar Vizquel tore the medial meniscus in his left knee and won’t be able to return to the field for 4-6 weeks.

He was flown back to San Francisco and operated on today. Team doctors said the surgery went exactly as planned and he’ll be on schedule to return sometime the first week of the season barring any setbacks. However, the 41-year-old shortstop may not heal as quickly as we need him to. With age comes longer healing times and it could be the end of April before we truly see him take the field and playing at 100%.

What this means for the Giants, is that Kevin Frandsen will get the opening day starting job at short, ending his competition with Ray Durham for the job at second. This also means that we will see Rich Aurilia as the starting third baseman, unless the Joe Crede deal goes through before the end of spring training. I just hope that this doesn’t put more pressure on the front office to bring someone on that we don’t need. I’d hate to see us lose a great prospect just to put on a bandaid.

Spring Training games officially begin tomorrow with the Giants facing the Cubs at home in Scottsdale. Stay tuned!

(4) Comments   


Paul on 16 March, 2008 at 10:15 pm #

Hey I like how you highlight the players names. You do that by hand or use a script? :D

[...] Yet only one opening day starter is under 30, and that was Brian Bocock, who is playing for an injured Omar Vizquel. So far, we’re not sticking to the plan I’d say. Bruce Bochy also said in the off [...]

Davey on 16 May, 2011 at 3:42 pm #

Meniscal tears are luckily injuries that don’t need surgery. Of course, depending on the severity! Interesting read thanks for sharing!

meniscus on 7 October, 2011 at 10:21 pm #

knee injury especially the meniscus tears needs 4-6 Weeks relax

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