Page 14- The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 22, 1988
Accident threatens to
end career of Mets' lefty
NEW YORK (AP) - New York Mets left-hander
Bob Ojeda underwent successful surgery Wednesday after
he nearly severed the upper one-third portion of his left
index finger with an electric hedge clipper in a gardening
accident at his Long Island home.
The Mets said Ojeda underwent five hours of
microsurgery at Roosevelt Hospital. The surgery was
performed by Dr. James Parkes and Dr. Richard Eaton.
Eaton said the tip of the finger was reattached
including damaged arteries, tendons and nerves.
Parkes said that the accident, which occurred at 11:15
a.m., nearly severed the finger at the joint.
THE CUT went through both the bottom and top
arteries and top tendons of the finger and shattered the
joint. Eaton took out the damaged parts of the joint and1
then fused the remaining portion, connected the
remaining blood vessels and nerves and stabilized the
"Microsurgery in the hand is very effective," Parkes
said. "The nerve is back, the artery is back and the finger
Parkes said it would take four to six months for Ojeda
to recover. "It's a blow," Mets general manager Frank
Cashen said. "We planned to use him in one playoff
game and a World Series game if we got there."
The doctors said with proper rehabilitation, Ojeda
should be able to throw by spring training.
"They feel there is a chance he will get the feeling
back--they had to fuse the bone (at the joint) so the
finger might be permanently bent," Mets manager Davey
"AFTER THE surgery there was some feeling
around the tip of the finger," Parkes said.
Ojeda, who missed most of last season after elbow
surgery, was 10-13 for the Mets this season with a 2.88
earned-run average, helping the club back to the top in
the National League East.
In 1986, Ojeda, 30, went 18-5 with a 2.57 ERA. He
won a game in the National League playoffs, and after
the Mets lost the first two games of the World Series,
Ojeda won Game 3 at Fenway Park. Thd Mets went on
to win the Series in seven games.
Ojeda has five shutouts this season and allowed only
six homers in 190 1/3 innings. He has 133 strikeouts
and 33 walks.
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Wolverines were Big Ten runners-up last year.
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