Since you're the only ortho that I know that we have in here I'll ask. I don't know if you've ever done cases like this before and I realize you didn't do his surgery, but what is the normal recovery time for this type of surgery? You've said in a couple of places that you are doubtful of him coming back this year and being a productive member of society. Can you elaborate on that a little please.
If he did have his tendon sheath reconstructed, it's a good six weeks before he's using it to do ANYTHING, followed by a restriction of anything violent like, say, swinging a bat, until 3 to 4 months post-op. My reading of the situation is that, in the Sox mind, it's very similar to Schilling's - if either one of them has (or had) surgery, their respective seasons are over. Hence, there is really nothing to be lost by trying a conservative course at first. I think the Sox have been putting forth an optimistic face to keep themselves from getting totally hosed in the trade market. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying it's a definite that he's not coming back, but don't believe everything you hear coming from Yawkey Way.