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Monday, September 26, 2011
Russell Mitchell to have surgery

By Tony Jackson
ESPNLosAngeles.com

PHOENIX -- Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Russell Mitchell will undergo season-ending arthroscopic surgery on his left wrist in Phoenix on Tuesday, leaving plenty of recovery time so he still can play for Tiburones de la Guaira in the Venezuelan Winter League where he is expected to learn the catching position to augment his versatility.

Mitchell, 26, is in his ninth season in the organization and still trying to gain a major league foothold. He hit .157 in 25 big league games this season, but he is hitting .200 since being called up earlier this month for the September roster expansion. Mitchell, who primarily plays third base but has the ability to play first, could be an emergency third catcher for the Dodgers next season if he is able to play there adequately.

Mitchell had a solid season at Triple-A Albuquerque, batting .283 with 16 homers, 68 RBIs and a .372 on-base percentage in 93 games for the Isotopes.

Mitchell has been playing through a cartilage tear in the wrist since mid-season and had planned to have it surgically repaired next week because he wanted to finish the season. But the pain worsened in recent days, so the decision was made to go ahead with the procedure, which is expected to carry a six- to eight-week recovery.

Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com.