Baxter to have surgery on thumb

Baxter to have surgery on thumb

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Padres Minor League outfielder Mike Baxter is slated to undergo reconstructive surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb, manager Bud Black said on Monday.

Baxter left Monday for San Diego, where the surgery is to be performed on Tuesday by Dr. Lorenzo Pacelli at the Scripps Clinic in Carmel Valley. Baxter will be out for at least eight weeks, Black added prior to the Padres' Cactus League game against the White Sox at Peoria Stadium.

Baxter suffered the injury to his thumb on Friday at Tempe Diablo Stadium as he attempted to make a diving catch on a ball hit by Alberto Callaspo of the Angels.

"Sometimes you go backhand side and the glove gets caught underneath you," Baxter said Saturday night. "It was sore, and when I came in this morning, it became swollen and tight."

Baxter missed Saturday's game against the Cubs in Peoria and instead had a scan of his thumb, as ordered by team physician and lead orthopedic surgeon Jan Fronek. He did not play on Sunday against the Mariners, either.

Baxter saw the team's hand specialist on Monday, who determined the extent of the ligament damage.

Baxter had a hit in the game on Friday after injuring the thumb and batted .370 in Cactus League play, with two home runs and four RBIs in 27 at-bats. Black said he's ticketed this season for Triple-A Tucson.