"[Bautista] was just curious about the whole procedure and how I felt coming off the surgery, and I just told him,
really, it's been great," Fuld said. "Other than occasional soreness, I really don't even think about my wrist when I'm out there.
"I couldn't have asked for any better results from the surgery -- knock on wood -- and that's what I told him.
I think he's worried about, sort of, the stability. At the time before he had made up his mind to do the
surgery, he was worried about the stability of the tendon in there, and I said after the surgery it's felt
as stable as my good one."
Fuld, who didn't play his first game of the season until July 24, said that the initial time frame for his
recovery was four months, but he healed quicker than expected. He said he has regained his full strength and that the slow part during the rehab process was getting his flexibility and range of motion back
to where it was.
"I think the main thing is that we all heard great things about Dr. Graham in Cleveland and that he's the
hand-wrist guru and his success rate, I think, is off the charts," Fuld said.
Fuld, who sports a visible scar, is confident that he'll never have an issue with the wrist
again. He was expecting to experience setbacks along the way, but everything has gone according to
plan, for the most part.
He started handling a bat eight weeks after the surgery, and one of the first exercises he did was swinging
"That just kind of reduces the resistance, and [gives you] the feel of the bat in your hands," he said.
He started taking dry swings by week nine or 10, and by week 11 or 12 was taking part in batting
Fuld said that the operation is a little different from what it used to be, as the sheath -- what both he and
Bautista injured -- that holds the tendon in place is now anchored to the bone, which is also shaved
"The tendon sits in a little groove," Fuld said. "[Dr. Graham] actually flattened that groove out. Then he
anchored the sheath down on it."
In the past, surgeons tried to deepen the groove.
"He's had nothing but great results from that." Fuld said.
Bautista sustained the injury during a swing in New York on July 16. He came back last weekend, but the
The three-time All-Star finishes his campaign with a .241 average, 27 homers, 65 RBIs and an .886 OPS in