As Forum reporter Heath Hotzler accurately reported, Chris Coste should be used to hurdles thrown in front of him during his baseball odyssey.
And the Fargo native and former Concordia and Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks standout could be facing another big one if he does indeed need Tommy John surgery. Coste told Hotzler on Thursday that doctors say there’s a 50 percent chance he’ll need the season-ending procedure to repair his injured throwing elbow.
Coste was picked up by the Washington Nationals near the end of spring training after the New York Mets waived him.
This is a pretty rare procedure for position players. From what I can tell, some of the more famous positions players to undergo the procedure are Hall of Famer Paul Molitor and current St. Louis Cardinals slugger Matt Holliday.
Kansas City Royals infielder Mike Aviles hit .325 in 2008, but had to have the surgery in 2009 and missed most of the season. He’s just now working his way back into their lineup.
But in Coste’s case, we’re talking about a 37-year-old who, if healthy, probably would have ended up at Triple-A. And he’s coming off a season in which he hit .225 between stops with Philadelphia and Houston. Can he really come back from a procedure like this if he misses an entire season?
Once again, he could be facing some pretty tough odds. But as he’s proven before, you can never count him out.