A tough, tough break for Sean Rodriguez and for the team which just signed him a couple of months ago.
Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that Rodriguez underwent surgery for a torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder on Tuesday. The surgery, performed by Dr. James Andrews, will put him on the shelf for as long as eight months. Even if he beats that prognosis by a couple of months the season will be close to over before he could play. Given that the Braves are not likely to be playing meaningful baseball in September there will not be a reason to rush him.
The Braves signed Rodriguez to a two-year, $11.5 million contract back in November as he was coming off of a career year with the Pirates during which he hit .270/.349/.510 with 18 home runs and 56 RBI over 342 plate appearances. Then tragedy struck.
Rodriguez was in an SUV with his wife and two of their four children when they were t-boned by a stolen police cruiser which had run a red light. The cruiser burst into flames and the man who was stole it suffered fatal injuries. Rodriguez’s wife broke he leg and the two children each suffered unspecified injuries. Rodriguez was thought to be unharmed until last week when the rotator cuff tear was discovered.
The injury prompted the Braves to trade for Brandon Phillips last weekend and he will be the Braves everyday second baseman to start the season. Rodriguez will, if everything goes well, be ready for spring training in 2018.
Padres’ outfielder Alex Dickerson won’t see PETCO Park anytime soon — at least, not as its starting left fielder. The 27-year-old was diagnosed with a bulging disc in his lower back prior to the start of the 2017 season, and hasn’t made any kind of substantial progress in the months since. According to Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune, he suffered a setback in his recovery process last week and is set to undergo a season-ending discectomy next Wednesday.
Over 285 plate appearances, Dickerson batted .257/.333/.455 with 10 home runs and a .788 OPS for the Padres in 2016. He missed several days with a right hip contusion last July, but hasn’t experienced any substantial health problems since undergoing surgery in 2014 to repair a torn ligament in his left ankle.
The expected recovery period for lower back surgery is 3-4 months, according to Lin, which puts Dickerson’s estimated return just a few days before the end of the regular season. The Padres aren’t scraping the bottom of the NL West, but their 29-44 record doesn’t bode well for a postseason run this year. Assuming Dickerson rehabs his back in a timely manner, he should be in fine form to enter the competition for left field next spring.
Hanley Ramirez played a pivotal role during the Red Sox’ 9-4 win over the Angels on Friday night, crushing a two-run homer off of Alex Meyer to bring the Sox up to a four-run lead in the fourth inning.
Well, crushed might be the wrong word. The ball cleared the right field fence with a mere 350 feet, landing just beyond Pesky’s Pole to bring Ramirez’s career home run total to an even 250.
According to the ESPN Home Run Tracker, Ramirez’s milestone blast wasn’t the shortest home run of the year — not by a long shot. That distinction currently belongs to Rays’ outfielder Corey Dickerson, who skimmed the left field fence at Rogers Centre with a 326-foot homer back in April.