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Larish to have season-ending surgery

Larish to have season-ending surgery

ANAHEIM -- Jeff Larish won't be available for the Tigers once rosters expand in September. The left-handed-slugging prospect will miss the remainder of the season because of surgery on his right wrist, correcting an injury that has bothered him for at least the past month.

It's an anticlimactic end to a rough season for Larish, who opened the season on the Tigers roster for the first time in his career but was sent down to Triple-A Toledo in early June.

Head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said Tuesday that the wrist has been bothering Larish since at least the All-Star break in mid-July, when the Tigers had a doctor examine it. Though he decided to play through it, he struggled in doing so, batting .247 since the break, .185 in August and 5-for-36 over his past 10 games at Triple-A before the Tigers shut him down last weekend.

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"He kind of went as long as he could," Rand said.

Larish, who will turn 27 years old in October, finished the season with a .216 (16-for-74) average in Detroit, including four homers and seven RBIs, compared with a .265 average, 13 doubles, six homers and 26 RBIs in 61 games with the Mud Hens.

Larish left the team Monday to return home for a visit with Dr. Donald Sheridan, who performed a previous wrist surgery on Larish. The club doesn't know the extent of the injury yet, but even if it isn't severe, Larish won't have enough time left in the season to get back to action. The Tigers will have a better timetable on when he's expected to return once they find out exactly what's wrong and what procedure is required to fix it.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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