Dickie Thon surgery 1984
Thon undergoes surgery above eye HOUSTON (AP) - Houston Astros shortstop Dickie Thon underwent successful minor surgery on the bone structure above his left eye Wednesday but continued to experience blurred vision, Astros team physician Dr. William Bryan said. Bryan said the surgery was performed only on the left orbital tripod above Thon's eye. The surgery, Bryan said, was not related to Thon's vision and would have no adverse effect on his vision. Thon was struck in the head Sunday by a pitch from the New York Mets 1 Mike Torrez in the third inning of a game in the Astrodome. He was carried from the field on a stretcher and x-rays revealed the broken bones. Doctors at first said surgery would not be necessary but later said the operation was to facilitate Thon's recovery. Bryan said following Wednesday's surgery that concerns remained about Thon's blurred vision, which affects only his left eye. Dr. Dan Jones, chairman of ophthalmology at Baylor College of Medicine, said "The pace and degree of visual recovery is unpredictable." Thon, contacted by the Houston Post prior to his surgery, said his first thought after being hit was that he would not be able to play again. "I was afraid I wouldn't play again," Thon told Dale Robertson of the Post. "That's all I could think about. I thought I was hurt bad." Thon said, however, he no longer fears not being able to play again. "I hope the good Lord will help me recover quickly," Thon told the Post. "It's tough to work hard in spring training to get ready, then have something like this happen But I'll be back." ' Thon, one of the Astros' primary offensive threats, had been off to a fast start this season and was hitting .353 prior to his injury. Craig Reynolds replaced Thon in the starting lineup and Kevin Bass, who has been on the Astros 15-day disabled list, is scheduled to fill Thon's numerical vacancy when the team returns home for a weekend series against Cincinnati Friday night. Thon was struck by Torrez' first pitch, a fast ball that sailed inside. "I wanted him to pitch me inside, but not that inside," Thon said. "The ball sailed in on me. When I saw I was going to be hit, it was too late to get out of the way." Thon said had received a telephone call from the Mets pitcher. "He told me he was real sorry," Thon said. "I believe him. It's one of those things. It's part of the game." The Astros placed Thon on the team's 15-day disabled list on Monday but team physician Dr. Bill Bryan said later Thon could be sidelined for three weeks. Tests conducted by Dr. Richard Harper on Monday revealed no brain damage from the blow Bryan said he was concerned about drcreased vision in Thon's left eye resulting from tissue swelling in the back of the eye.