Third-base coach Hoffman to undergo knee surgery

Third-base coach Hoffman to undergo knee surgery

PEORIA -- Padres third-base coach Glenn Hoffman will undergo surgery in San Diego on Thursday to remove loose cartilage from his left knee, manager Bud Black said before Wednesday's workout at the Peoria Sports Complex.

Hoffman and backup catcher hopeful Tim Federowicz are scheduled to have surgery on the same day at Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, Calif. Federowicz tore the meniscus in his right knee while catching during a game against the Rockies on Sunday.

Federowicz could miss six to eight weeks, but that's to be determined when the extent of the damage is measured during the arthroscopic procedure. Black said Hoffman should be back and coaching much sooner. He took part in Wednesday's workout and then was slated to fly back to San Diego later in the afternoon. In the meantime, Jose Valentin will fill in for Hoffman in the third-base box.

"Hoffy's had some cartilage damage in his knee that he's been fighting, so he's going to go in also with Federowicz," Black said. "It's been off and on, and this spring, it just started acting up a little more. The doctors felt that now is the time to do it."

Hoffman has been the Padres' third-base coach for 10 seasons. He's the older brother of Padres great closer Trevor Hoffman, a Hall of Fame candidate for the first time later this year with a National League-record 601 saves. The younger Hoffman now has the title of Padres senior advisor, baseball operations. In reality, he's the organizational pitching coach, acting as a liaison between all levels of the Minor Leagues and the big league team.

Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.