FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, July 29, 2005
FRANK THOMAS SUFFERS SECOND FRACTURE;
LIKELY TO MISS REMAINDER OF THE 2005 SEASON
CHICAGO – Dr. Richard Ferkel, the Los Angeles-based surgeon who operated on Frank Thomas’ injured left foot last fall, announced today that the two-time Most Valuable Player suffered a second fracture and likely will miss the remainder of the 2005 season.
Thomas, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Chicago White Sox on July 22 (retroactive to July 21), underwent a series of tests in Los Angeles earlier this week after suffering from inflammation in his surgically repaired left foot.
Thomas batted .219 (23-105) with 12 home runs and 26 RBI in 34 games with the Sox in 2005. He began the season on the disabled list while recovering from the offseason surgery on his left ankle and was reinstated May 30.
Thomas is a career .307 (2,136-6,956) hitter with 448 home runs, 1,465 RBI, 1,327 runs scored and 1,466 walks in 1,959 games with the White Sox. He is the all-time White Sox leader in home runs, runs scored, doubles (447), RBI, total bases (3,949), extra-base hits (906) and walks. His 448 home runs rank 29th in baseball history and his 1,466 walks are 17th.
STATEMENT BY DR. RICHARD FERKEL
“Frank Thomas was evaluated by me recently at the Southern California Orthopedic Institute for acute onset of pain in his left foot. It appears Frank has re-injured his foot over the last two weeks while playing baseball, and recent evaluation shows a new fracture through the navicular in his foot. Because of the healing time involved with this fracture, it does not appear that Frank will be able to return back to the White Sox this season. I want to emphasize that I do not feel this injury is career ending. The plan for Frank will be to immobilize him in a cast and follow him with sequential x-rays until the fracture is healed. If the fracture does not heal with conservative treatment, he may require additional surgery in the future.”
-- Dr. Richard Ferkel
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