Heathcott goes under the knife, out until February

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According to his Facebook status, 2009 first rounder Slade Heathcott is having surgery on some unknown body part for some unknown reason. It’s worth noting that he did go under the knife to repair a torn ACL in high school, and he also missed a bunch a time after injuring his shoulder diving for a ball in the outfield. Hopefully it’s nothing major and has nothing to do with the knee again; the last thing you want a speedy centerfielder type to develop is knee problems. It’s unclear if he’ll be ready for Spring Training.

Baseball America recently ranked Heathcott as the 18th best prospect in the Low-A South Atlantic League, where they noted his all-out style of play. I’m jumping way ahead of myself, but it would be a shame if that keeps leading to injuries.

Update: According to one of Heathcott’s comments on FB, he’s out until at least February. So it wasn’t too serious. Hopefully he can start he season on time.

(h/t Andy in Sunny Daytona)

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  • http://www.twitter.com/jordan_smed JGS

    Get well soon, Slade :(

  • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

    Oh no :(

    Hopefully it’s nothing major.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder
    • http://twitter.com/JoeRo23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      I second that emotion. Ugh.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        According to his Facebook status, 2009 first rounder Slade Heathcott is having surgery on some unknown body part for some unknown reason.

        Maybe he’s having an elective supplementary testicle implant surgery, so he can be even more ballsier than he already is.

        /positivespin’d

        • http://twitter.com/JoeRo23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          I can’t imagine anything more gritty. Talk about going all out for the team.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            In a related story, Nick Swisher once challenged Lance Armstrong to a “who has more testicles?” contest.

            Nick won by 5.

            • SamVa

              IETCVM

              hahahaha

            • vin

              +5

            • http://twitter.com/firstheart42 seimiya

              best comment so far today.

            • http://www.facebook.com/cecala Joseph Cecala

              I laugh every time I read it

        • larryf

          It is always good for a hitter to have 3 balls on him.

  • Dick Whitman

    Slade will be out until at least February before he can start training again.

    • Brian in NH

      I guess it depends on what it is. If its just a scope or bone spurs or something then its just a few weeks, maybe a month or two at most, which means he could resume baseball activities by January. Anything more major though def could jeopordize his spring training

      • Dick Whitman

        Unfortunately, he hasn’t divulged the reason. We’ll have to wait and see.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Or we can dispatch Andy in Sunny Daytona to go rifling through his trash looking for correspondence from Heathcott’s insurance agency that would reveal the nature of the medical procedures.

          He’d do it, we all know it.

          • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

            I would probably have to go through the Yankees trash since I’m sure their insurance is footing the bill. There has to be someone closer to the Bronx than me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

    I hear that Slade is getting some Wrist Snap Injections to help satisfy Mike Newman’s (From “Scouting the Sally”) concerns over his swing.

  • jonathan

    I’ve had 11 surgeries and I can tell you after a major knee injury your other knee kind of wears down until the injured knee is 100% healthy and sometimes it takes just a cleanup to get you good to go. Also, with the ACL there might require some cleanup of debris or scar tissue. Hopefully it’s something minor like those.

    • Gonzo

      Exactly. I’ve had small tears in my right knee, and then surgery, and dammit if my left knee is fugged. Whatever, I’m breaking down like an old pack mule.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Exactly. I’ve had small tears in my right knee, and then surgery, and dammit if my left knee is fugged. Whatever, I’m breaking down like an old pack mule.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....re=related (NSFW-profanity)

        • Gonzo

          That is so f-ing true. In my early 20’s, I had surgery. In my 30’s, my orthopedist just said take Aleve. He said take 4-6 a day.

    • Hughesus Christo

      See, this is why I don’t exercise

      • jonathan

        ya only me and another friend went on to play sports past about 16 and all those guys did was drink and get fat and they’re all way healthier than either of us.

  • http://www.twitter.com/brandonholley B-Rando

    Wait a second…Mike are you facebook friends with Slade Heathcott?!

  • Captain Jack

    He’s a position player, it’s likely nothing major that will lead to anything to be concerned about.

    • http://twitter.com/JoeRo23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      If the surgery concerns his knee, or his shoulder… You think that’s nothing to be concerned about, because he’s a position player? Gotta go ahead and categorically disagree with you on that one.

    • Mike HC

      What does being a position player have to do with anything? As far as I know, injuries can shorten their careers and affect their production as well.

  • LeftyLarry

    I didn’t do knee surgery for my torn meniscus, do tons of work on my quads, hammys and calves and I’ve been able to get by 5 years without the surgery and without as limp.Swells up after 3 consecutive days of golf but it’s livable.
    All my buddies who did surgery, keep having more and worse issues on both knees.