Hernia surgery a success!

What a day! I had surgery to repair a hernia on my right side and was in the hospital for eight hours. My wife, Katrina, picked me up and drove me home, and it’s a good thing. I’ll sleep well tonight.

The surgery was a success. I did my homework when I found out what needed to be done, and I’m really happy to get this taken care of, so I can move on and play without this pain next year. Dr. John Priskett performed the surgery at Baylor University Hospital, and he assured me everything went right. That’s great news.

Whatever was wrong in there, it’s fixed now. It already feels great. I’ll have six to eight weeks of rehab, starting with some light bike work, cardio, and gradually picking up to where I’ll be able to work out in mid-January. That will have me ready for Spring Training.

I’m really excited by what Dr. Priskett told me. It was a low-risk, high-reward surgery. The long-term gain is significant. He said, “You’re going to feel way better, and you’ll play better.” That was music to my ears.
He said that once you have this surgery, it never bothers you anymore. No more hernias for me. The only way I’d hurt my other side is compensating for the right side, and that won’t happen, because the right side is strong again. So I’ll be good to go.

This was my first surgery since 1995 when I had my right knee operated on. My body has been good to me, allowing me to play a lot of baseball, all out, for the Twins in Minnesota and now with the Angels.

I look back on the season, and so many things happened. We lost Nick Adenhart, a teammate and friend, and we mourned and prayed and had to go on and play the season. We did that with passion and purpose, in Nick’s honor. It was a great team, one I’ll always remember.

For me, the team and Major League Baseball, it was a good year. I think about it all the time. I was on my way to my best season when I got hurt running into walls. The one at Dodger Stadium on May 22, when I caught my buddy Matt Kemp’s drive against the wall, I was hurting after that. Then I did it again in San Francisco on June 15, and that messed me up some more.

If I had played the whole season, I could have had 120-plus ribbies, 30-plus homers, scored 100 runs. It was great winning the Silver Slugger Award, but I know I could have done much more.

I knew on that Sunday in Arizona on June 28 that something was really wrong, when I sat at the locker after the game and couldn’t move. I was so disappointed that day, knowing I was hurt, but not knowing how bad it was.

I tried to play through it but had to go on the disabled list on July 10 with the adductor strain, and it cost me 32 games. When I came back, I still had some pain but I had to be there for my team, so I played the best I could. We took it to Game 6 in the American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium after sweeping the Red Sox in Boston. That was an amazing experience.

It’s like I kept saying, adrenaline is a pain-killer. But it was a temporary solution. There are some things you can’t play through, and sometimes you have to go in and get something taken care of.

I want to thank all the fans who have expressed concern and shown me so much support over the years. I’m a lucky guy to have a great family and so many people care about me. I’m looking forward to taking it easy for a while, going on some dates with my wife and spending time with our sons.

Next thing we know, it will be February, and we’ll be playing baseball again in the sun in Arizona. I can’t wait to take another run at a championship.


  1. nlawson

    Glad to hear the good news that surgery well so well. Rehab, be strong and enjoy your family.
    Happy Thanksgiving Torii.

  2. mlbangelsfan@yahoo.com

    Enjoy your break from Baseball !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Happy Holidays Torii!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. wendy89

    im glad to hear your doing well tori we need u next year cant wait till baseball season. i didnt miss a game this year. ima big fan. i just hope we get figgins back he’s one of my favorites. have a good recovery. love you angels.

  4. wendy89

    im glad to hear your doing well tori we need u next year cant wait till baseball season. i didnt miss a game this year. ima big fan. i just hope we get figgins back he’s one of my favorites. have a good recovery. love you angels.

  5. halodave76

    Hey Torii, so glad to hear your home and recovering. Sounds like everything is going well and youre coming back to us better than ever. I have to admit I was a little nervous knowing you were having the surgery so close to Arlington Stadium but it all worked out. Seriously though, So happy you are on the road to recovery not only because of your presence in Centerfield, but also your presence in our community with all you do for charity and the Torii Hunter project. Professional sports needs more folks like yourself out there. Dont ever leave us Torii, not just Anaheim but this Nation of Fans needs you! Happy Holidays to You and all of your family. See you in AZ Bud!!! Get well!

  6. jeffjoiner

    Torii, two years ago your signing made for a great Thanksgiving. I’ll count the three run bomb against Boston as this year’s Christmas. Thank you for all you do both on and off the field. Have a great recovery and offseason.

  7. carmine

    Torii hope your recovery is a speedy one. Take care of you, your wife and your sons. Take this time to connect with your family. Baseball will be back sooner then you can imagine. Happy Thanksgiving. We all have so very much to be thankful for. Be Well

  8. hurrayforangels

    Torii, its great to hear your surgery was a success. Can’t wait til spring. I hope to see you healthy and ready for action. I hope we won’t be missing our buddy Chone, but it’ll be good to get back to playing some good baseball. What a season, eh?

  9. larsnde@mnstate.edu

    Torii, I speak for all of us in MN when I say we miss you. Sure, your buddy Denard is going to do a fine job developing into a a great MN cf, but when you’re ready to come back and play a corner of position, I’m sure Gardy and the rest of the boys will be here with open arms. I know the fans sure will be. Glad to hear your surgery went well and the holidays too. I hope you have a fantastic year and stay healthy! We want young feeling legs under you when you come back home in a few years.


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