Jeff DaVanon’s season is over but likely not his Diamondbacks career. DaVanon, who had been out since Aug. 5 with a left ankle injury, is to undergo seasonending surgery because of a split in an ankle tendon, an injury diagnosed by the DBacks and confirmed in a second opinion by Dr. Lewis Yocum on Monday.
DaVanon has a player option for 2007, and his agent said Monday that DaVanon’s “intentions are to return.”
In his first season with the D-Backs, DaVanon hit .290 with five home runs and 35 RBIs in 87 games. His 10 stolen bases were third on the team behind Eric Byrnes (18) and Craig Counsell (11).
DaVanon suffered the injury when his left leg jammed into the bag as he stole second base in the first inning of a 9-3 loss to Houston. He was replaced immediately by Byrnes.
“There is not an option other than surgery,” said DBacks general manager Josh Byrnes, who said the healing process should take three to five months.
“He should be ready to go by spring training.”
DaVanon’s contract, worth $525,000 this season, contains an option for 2007 that will be worth $1.25 million. He makes his home in Chandler.
“They are building something he wants to be a part of,” agent Mike Nicotera said. “That’s what is doubly frustrating for him” about the injury.
Doctors are expected to confer again before scheduling the surgery, and DaVanon’s long history with Yocum makes Yocum a candidate to perform the operation.
The D-Backs have begun the interview process for a scouting director to
replace Mike Rizzo, who went to Washington last month.
They have spoken or will speak with national scouting supervisor Kendall Carter, the former Arizona State pitcher; area supervisors Ed Durkin and Kris Kline; and assistant scouting director Chad MacDonald.
Others who have interviewed include Milwaukee West Coast cross-checker Tom Allison, Boston’s Dave Finley and Cleveland major league scout Dejon Watson.
Byrnes said the interview process should end this week, and a decision announced the following week.
Stephen Drew (hand) was given a day off Monday after aggravating his lingering hand injury during a swing in his pinch-hitting appearance Saturday, when he singled to center and scored the tying run.
“They’ve taken X-rays. There’s nothing in there except for a little swelling and some pain,” manager Bob Melvin said. . . . D-Backs prospect Mark Reynolds was 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in the first inning of Team USA’s 15-3 victory over Mexico on Monday in pool play during the Olympic qualifying tournament in Cuba. . . .
Catcher Johnny Estrada opted against having an endoscopy done last week to determine the cause of his stomach discomfort, because it was his last free day with his wife and children, who returned to their Atlanta home for the start of school Monday.