Pedro Florimon will have an appendectomy, expected to miss 2 weeks
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Florimon apparently was fine yesterday, but felt pain in the middle of the night.
It was not a pleasant 3:30 a.m. wakeup call for Assistant General Manager Rob Antony.
"Your heart starts to race when you get a call at 3:30 in the middle of the night, but I'm glad he let me know what was going on," Antony said.
Florimon called Director of Team Travel Mike Herman around 2 a.m. Monday morning complaining of side pains, looking for a team trainer. When Herman asked if it was the right or left side that was hurting, Florimon said it was his right and Herman went to pick him up and bring Florimon to the hospital.
Florimon was taken to the emergency room, where they determined his appendix had not ruptured but merely was enflamed, meaning it wouldn't require emergency surgery.
He'll have the appendectomy at Lee Memorial Hospital on Monday afternoon. Antony said he was hopeful it wouldn't cost Florimon more than two weeks of baseball activities, because it will be a laparoscopic procedure if all goes according to plan.
"We'll see how that goes but it sounds like it's going to be [laparoscopic] so hopefully he'll only be a couple weeks maybe before he's back doing some things," Antony said.
As to whether or not Florimon will have to rush back and earn his job, Gardenhire put that to bed Monday.
"He's our shortstop," Gardenhire said. "[Jason] Bartlett is here to try and make the club but Florimon is our shortstop."