Crisp to have second shoulder surgery
Outfielder hoping to be back for next year's Opening Day
KANSAS CITY -- As if one shoulder surgery wasn't enough, Royals center fielder Coco Crisp will undergo surgery on his other shoulder this month.
Crisp had surgery on his right rotator cuff on June 24 and now he has a similar procedure planned on his left shoulder for July 21.
"They say it could take up to nine months to get back, but we're hoping it's more in the six-month range," Crisp said on Sunday.
"Hopefully, I'll be ready for Opening Day," he said.
Waiting almost a month for the second surgery will give the right shoulder additional time in the healing process. The left shoulder is not believed to be as seriously damaged as the right.
"It was pretty severe, I guess," Crisp said. "Initially, they thought it was just a slight tear, but it ended up being pretty bad in there. They had to put a pin in there, one on the front of my rotator cuff, then five in the back and a wire in there to keep it all together."
Crisp pinpointed the injury to his right shoulder as occurring on April 15 against Cleveland at Kansas City.
"I tried to throw Asdrubal [Cabrera] out at home in the April 15 game. That's when I felt this one," he said.
The left shoulder, he recalled, was hurt on May 25 as he swung for a base hit against Detroit at KC.
"I thought, 'Oh, it's not that bad,' and it just gradually got worse," he said. "And I said, 'Gosh, I can't hit from either side.'"
From that point on, he had just three singles in 19 at-bats and then went on the disabled list.
For now, Crisp has his right arm in a sling but still manages to log time on his computer and to hoist his kids with his left arm.
"It's a little tough to sleep at night," he said. "Other than that, the pain's gone away. There's just some discomfort at times. The range of motion obviously is not there and it won't be back for a while, but it's made some good strides."
After he goes through his second surgery, the road back will continue with an extensive conditioning program.
"Lot of running and lifting in the legs," he said, adding with a smile, "Maybe I'll come back with an outstanding trunk and power -- using my legs to generate some power down below, and speed."
Crisp played 49 games before going on the DL, batting .228 with five triples, 29 walks and 13 stolen bases as the leadoff man.
Still ahead is a decision by the Royals on bringing back Crisp, obtained last winter from Boston in a trade for reliever Ramon Ramirez.
At present, he's in the final year of a three-year deal he signed with the Red Sox, making $5.75 million. There is a club option for 2010 at a salary of $8 million with a buyout of $500,000.
The immediate priority is getting both shoulders healthy.
"I'll just go with the flow and hope to be back Opening Day next year," he said.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.