Cleveland Indians second baseman Josh Barfield underwent successful surgery Tuesday to repair an injured ligament in his left middle finger.
Barfield, 25, had the procedure performed in Baltimore by noted hand surgeon Dr. Tom Graham.
"His opinion was the best way to return Josh to game activities the most quickly would be with surgical intervention," Indians trainer Lonnie Soloff said.
Barfield, who is hitless in six at-bats this season, will be sidelined six to eight weeks.
He suffered the injury as he tried to check a swing in the sixth inning of Cleveland's 1-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins on June 10 — just his second game since being promoted from the triple-A Buffalo Bisons.
"The ligament that stabilizes that extensor tendon was torn," Soloff said. "His tendon was not injured.
"But the stabilizing ligament was. By reconstructing the extensor hood, he was able to stabilize that tendon."
Barfield is a .262 hitter with 16 home runs, 108 runs batted in, 125 runs scored and 35 stolen bases in 283 games since he broke into the majors with the San Diego Padres on April 3, 2006.
He was traded to Cleveland for Kevin Kouzmanoff and Andrew Brown on Nov. 8, 2006.
Barfield is the son of CBC Sports baseball analyst Jesse Barfield.