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03/14/08 9:00 PM ET
Matsui to have surgery, miss two weeks
Astros second baseman will undergo procedure Monday
By Alyson Footer / MLB.com
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Second baseman Kazuo Matsui will undergo surgery Monday morning at the Methodist Hospital in Houston to repair an anal fissure, the Astros announced Friday evening. Dr. Eric Haas will perform the procedure. The estimated recovery time is two weeks. Matsui has not played a spring game in one week, while dealing with symptoms originally diagnosed as hemmorhoids. He flew to Houston last weekend for further exams and continued with treatment that apparently did not work. "When he went back to Houston and saw the specialist, they changed his medication and felt that this more aggressive medication could resolve it in short order, but really gave a deadline of tomorrow [Saturday]," general manager Ed Wade said. "If he wasn't feeling any better tomorrow, it would probably be a clear indication surgery would be the best course of action." The surgery was originally scheduled for Thursday, but Matsui asked for it to be moved up. According to Wade, the second baseman is confident he'll need to rest for only a week before spending a second week getting back into baseball shape. "Based on the information I provided, he could conceivably be ready by Opening Day," Wade said. Although Matsui's surgery will fall exactly two weeks before Opening Day, manager Cecil Cooper is confident his second baseman will not have to start the season on the disabled list.
Alyson Footer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.