As expected, Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier had arthroscopic surgery Wednesday on his right knee.
The procedure, which took 35 minutes, was designed to clean out wear and tear from behind the right fielder’s kneecap. And it did that successfully, at least according to the Dodgers’ official Twitter account.
Ethier won’t return this season, but the recovery process is only expected to take around two months. Meaning he should be back to 100 percent health by the start of spring training next February.
Ethier batted .292 with a decent .368 on-base percentage in 135 games this year for Los Angeles, but his slugging percentage came in under .450 for the first time in his major league career and he tallied just 11 total home runs. Despite the struggles, the arbitration-eligible 29-year-old stands to earn a significant raise from the $9.25 million that he earned in 2011. And that may compel the bankrupt Dodgers to shop him on the trade market this winter.
John Wisely of the Detroit Free Press reports that current free agent reliever Francisco Rodriguez is being sued by his former landlord for damage to the rented property as well as missing artwork. The landlord is asking for $80,000 after having kept Rodriguez’s $15,000 security deposit.
The lawsuit says that Rodriguez damaged a bedroom TV, a crystal floor lamp, glass shelves in the bar, glass tiles in the master bath, and a Moroccan mirror in the powder room. Additionally, the suit claims that the bedding is stained and paint has chipped, as well as other damages. And the piece of art that is allegedly missing, which depicts a tiger, is valued at more than $10,000.
Rodriguez has not yet been served with the suit, but the landlord has been speaking to his managers.
The Nationals released Rodriguez, 35, two weeks ago after having signed him to a minor league contract in late June. He started the season with the Tigers, but struggled to a 7.82 ERA over 25 1/3 innings before being released.
MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that the Rays have acquired first baseman Lucas Duda from the Mets. The Mets will receive pitching prospect Drew Smith in return, per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.
Duda, 31, is batting .246/.347/.532 with 17 home runs and 37 RBI in 291 plate appearances for the Mets this season. He’ll provide a potent bat in the Rays’ lineup as they attempt to overcome their current 2.5-game deficit in the AL East.
Smith, 23, is the Rays’ No. 30 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. He ascended from High-A to Triple-A already this season, posting an aggregate 1.60 ERA with a 40/9 K/BB ratio over 45 innings across four stops with High-A Lakeland (Tigers), High-A Charlotte (Rays), Double-A Montgomery, and Triple-A Durham.