Prospect Schafer to undergo hernia surgery

Prospect Schafer to undergo hernia surgery

DENVER -- Brewers outfield prospect Logan Schafer's tough-luck season keeps getting worse.

Not only does Schafer have a fractured right foot that would have sidelined him for 6-8 weeks, he will go to Phoenix next week for a surgical fix of the groin problem that has dogged him since Spring Training. Schafer is expected to undergo inguinal hernia surgery on Monday after consulting with the doctor who saw him in Spring Training, assistant general manager Gord Ash said.

That combination of injuries means Schafer, the Brewers' reigning Minor League player of the year, is finished for 2010.

"I don't think you can pretend that it's good. A lost year is a lost year," Ash said. "The best thing we can do is hopefully make up for it this winter."

The Brewers hope Schafer will heal in time to play in the Arizona Fall League, and then perhaps compile more at-bats in a winter league.

Last season, Schafer won the Florida State League batting title with a .313 average for Class A Brevard County, but he never got going in 2010. Schafer was supposed to participate in big league Spring Training camp, but he suffered what was described as a groin injury in a minicamp only days before he was to report to the Major League clubhouse. The ailment lingered deep into the season, and Schafer playing only his seventh game for Brevard County on Monday when he exited with the foot injury.

Ash said Schafer actually hurt his foot at extended spring training around June 8, on a foul ball.