A's Andrus has successful leg surgery, should return by spring

Elvis Andrus

Athletics shortstop Elvis Andrus is done for the season after undergoing successful surgery Wednesday on his left leg.

The A’s announced Dr. Brigham Au at the Trinity Surgical Center in Arlington, Tex. performed two procedures on Andrus, including an “internal fixation to the fibula bone and a 'tightrope' procedure to repair the upper ankle due to a sprain of the syndesmosis of the left leg.”

The injury occurred Saturday in the A’s walk-off win over the Houston Astros when Andrus rounded third base and heard a pop in his left ankle.

Andrus had been dealing with injuries in the area resulting from being hit in the left leg by a pitch during a game against the Kansas City Royals, and while A’s head athletic trainer Nick Paparesta said they were separate injuries, there is a chance Andrus putting weight on it could have caused “a multitude of microtraumas.”

A’s manager Bob Melvin was happy to hear the success of the surgery and was glad to know Andrus would be back by spring training. Still, losing a guy like Andrus is more than losing a guy on a roster.

“It’s hard not having him around,” Melvin said Wednesday. “I mean, we’ve really felt that here just in a couple days that he hasn’t been with us.”

On Sunday, the A’s won in walk-off fashion again. Andrus was in the dugout, using crutches, cheering on his team.

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“He loves being around the ballpark and his team,” Melvin said. “Not too many guys like Elvis who resonates with teammates like he does.”

Josh Harrison remains the primary replacement at shortstop until the end of the season while platooning with Vimael Machín. Both Chad Pinder and Matt Chapman also are available options if needed.