Tony Gwynn Jr. says he wasn’t healthy during his final two years with the Dodgers.

Tony Gwynn Jr.Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. doesn’t regret his situation. He’s back in the major leagues after a year-and-a-half layoff. Monday, he was batting leadoff at Dodger Stadium. For the season, he’s batting .250 and is a regular in the Phillies’ outfield rotation.

If he could do anything over from the last two years, however, he admitted that he should have had surgery early in 2012. That’s when Gwynn first noticed the symptoms the led to his sports hernia surgery in September of last year.

The symptoms persisted throughout the 2012 and 2013 seasons.

“I didn’t want to have surgery at all,” he said. “I had just signed a 2-year deal at that point. The last thing you want to do is sign a deal then sit out a period of time. That’s what I was thinking at the time. But you live and you learn. You feel invincible when you’re younger. I learned the hard way that wasn’t the case.”
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Dodgers name Tim Wallach bench coach, Triple-A Albuquerque manager Lorenzo Bundy third-base coach.

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Hanley Ramirez fist-bumps Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach, who will become the team’s bench coach in 2014. (Associated Press photo)

The Dodgers finalized their 2014 coaching staff Monday with two notable changes. Tim Wallach is moving from the third-base coach’s box to become Don Mattingly‘s bench coach, and Lorenzo Bundy, who managed the Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes the last three years, was named third-base coach.
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