Marshall Out 2 to 3 Weeks--Appendectomy
Mike Marshall, who complained of stomach pain but still played in the Dodgers’ 5-1 win over the San Diego Padres Wednesday night, found himself in the hospital Thursday. Marshall underwent an emergency appendectomy and was placed on the 15-day disabled list, the 10th Dodger player to make that list this season.
Marshall, who was second on the Dodgers to Pedro Guerrero in home runs (10) and RBIs (32) while batting .262, will be out from two to three weeks, according to a Dodger official, whose estimate may be optimistic.
No decision has been made on whom the Dodgers will recall from Albuquerque to take Marshall’s place, and it may be a few days, a Dodger official said, before anyone is summoned. Dodger Vice President Al Campanis was attending his grandson’s graduation and was unavailable for comment.
With Marshall out, R.J. Reynolds would appear to be the most likely candidate to take Marshall’s place in the outfield. Reynolds is hitting a team-leading .287 but has been bothered all spring by recurring hamstring problems. Other possibilities include Al Oliver, Candy Maldonado and Terry Whitfield.
When Marshall arrived at Dodger Stadium Wednesday, he was examined by Dr. Robert Woods, a team physician. He went 2 for 4 and scored a run in the game but afterward was still in discomfort.
“It took everything I had to go out there,” he told friends as he was leaving the ballpark. “I was a hurting unit.”
During the night Wednesday, Marshall went to the emergency room at Centinela Hospital Medical Center but was sent home when doctors were unable to determine the cause of his problem, a Dodger official said. The pain worsened, and Thursday afternoon, Dr. Norman Rudy performed surgery at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica.
One of Marshall’s avowed goals for 1985, his third full season with the Dodgers, was to have an injury-free season, something he did not enjoy in either 1983 or ’84. Marshall had even made a wager with Campanis that he would play in 160 games this season.