Cesar Izturis Hospitalized

Randy LermanContributor IJune 6, 2009

KANSAS CITY - MAY 14: Cesar Izturis #3 of the Baltimore Orioles smiles as he puts on his gloves against the Kansas City Royals on May 14, 2009 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Cesar Izturis, the Orioles starting shortstop was taken to a local hospital in Oakland on Friday when he had complained of a pain in his stomach. It was later diagnosed as appendicitis after a CT scan was done.

An appendectomy was scheduled to take place on Friday night as the Orioles took on the Oakland Athletics. Robert Andino took the field as the starting shortstop with Izturis being out of action.

According to various sources, a recovery time after an appendectomy is between 10 days and four weeks. We will find out in the coming days how long this will leave the Orioles without their starting shortstop.
Izturis has been great defensively and contributed some timely hitting this season for the Orioles. He is an important cog in the lineup stabilizing the bottom of the batting order and also serves as a mentor for the younger players.
I will update everyone on new information about this when it becomes available. Best of luck to Izturis on a quick and healthy recovery. We can't wait to have you back on the field!