Chris Dommermuth, CBSSports Tampa

Rays OF Sam Fuld underwent surgery on his right wrist Tuesday morning, and will likely be out 4-5 months. Fuld was examined by Dr. Tom Graham at the Cleveland Clinic Monday and decided surgrery was the best avenue to take.

Fuld injured the wrist last season, mid-September, when he swung and missed against the Orioles. He managed just 1at bat the rest of the season.

“It was never great this spring. I was hoping it would be something that I could tolerate and be productive with it. At no point was it out of my mind.” -Sam Fuld

Fuld passed on surgery, hoping rest and rehabilitation would heal the injury properly. He cut-back the amount of swings he took during batting practice, but still re-injured the wrist this Spring when he swung and missed a pitch against the Blue Jays.

“Here’s a guy who was going to be on the team again, possibly a more beefier role in a sense, a more secure role, let me put it that way, where he knows he’s going to be on the team,” said Rays manager Joe Maddon. “He’s a big part of what we’re doing. It’s unfortunate, because he fits so well. But it’s not the end. He’ll be back. A bigger and better version of Sam Fuld coming back, if that’s possible.”

Fuld’s role with the Rays was going to be the 4th outfielder. With CF B.J. Upton sting the season on the DL, Fuld was a sneaky early pick for steals. I wouldn’t bank on Fuld making any impact this season, even if he ddoes retuurn in 4 months.

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