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Monday, June 29, 2009
A's Outman to have surgery Tuesday

Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Oakland Athletics rookie left-hander Josh Outman will have surgery on his pitching elbow Tuesday.

The Athletics didn't immediately announce the severity of the surgery or a timetable for Outman's return.

Outman visited with Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., on Monday. Outman was transferred to the 60-day disabled list a day earlier, signaling the club expects a lengthy recovery period.

Outman was a rare bright spot for the last-place A's this season, going 4-1 with a 3.48 ERA. He left his last start in San Diego on June 19 in the second inning with what the team called a sprained elbow.

Before the A's opened a three-game series against Detroit, the club recalled outfielder Travis Buck from Triple-A Sacramento and optioned infielder Jack Hannahan.

Buck, who wasn't expected to arrive in time for Monday's game, made the A's Opening Day roster before going on the disabled list May 30 with a strained left oblique muscle. He was batting .350 during his rehab assignment, and the A's are near the bottom of the AL in several offensive categories.