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DeJesus has successful thumb surgery

DeJesus has successful thumb surgery

KANSAS CITY -- The surgery to repair a complete tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in Royals outfielder David DeJesus' right thumb was completed Monday and was a complete success.

"Everything went good," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "The doctor got in and reattached it and said everything went great. He's still sticking by the 10-week thing, so that's good news for us. There were no complications."

DeJesus injured his thumb Thursday night at Yankee Stadium when he ran into the right-field wall attempting to catch Derek Jeter's fly ball.

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The Royals hope to have DeJesus return in September, but that is all based on how well his recovery goes from this point on.

"If he's able, we're going to push him and see if we can get to that 10-week mark, just for his own peace of mind, and our peace of mind that he's going to be at full strength next year," Yost said. "These are surgeries that they do all the time, and have a tremendous amount of success. I look for him to be back right around that 10-week period."

DeJesus was in the middle of a career year, batting a career-best .318, and currently holds the longest active errorless streak among Royals outfielders at 241 games.

-- Samuel Zuba

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