Top Blue Jays prospect Travis d'Arnaud underwent surgery on his left thumb on Monday. While competing for Team USA, the 22-year-old felt a pop after "catching a ball wrong". Diagnosed with a ligament tear in his thumb, d'Arnaud required surgery to repair the problem.
According to d'Arnaud, who was acquired by Toronto in the December 2009 trade that sent All-Star Roy Halladay to Philadelphia, he will be in a cast for one month. Following the removal of the cast and further evaluation, doctors have told d'Arnaud that one month of rehab work will be necessary before he can resume baseball activities.
As the Eastern League's most valuable player, the California native, d'Arnaud, led the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats to the EL championship this past season, as he posted a .311 batting average with 33 doubles, 21 homeruns and 78 RBI.
d'Arnaud does not feel this setback will effect his 2012 season in the least. The team expects him back at full strength in plenty of time for the start of spring traning in February.
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