Justin Morneau is apparently trying to set the record for the most offseason surgeries of all-time.
Phil Mackey of 1500 ESPN in the Twin Cities reports that Morneau had minor surgery on his left wrist yesterday morning, just 10 days after undergoing procedures on his left knee and right foot.
According to Twins general manager Bill Smith, Morneau underwent a stabilization procedure on a tendon and will need to wear a cast for six weeks. This is the same very wrist that kept Morneau sidelined for most of June.
Morneau was limited to just 69 games this season, batting .227/.285/.333 with four home runs, 30 RBI and a .618 OPS over 288 plate appearances. In addition to a multitude of injuries, his concussion symptoms returned at the end of August, casting doubt upon his status for the 2012 season and beyond.
2006 first-round pick Chris Parmelee batted .355/.443/.592 with four homers, 14 RBI and a 1.035 OPS over 88 plate appearances as a September call-up, but the Twins might secure an insurance policy for first base this winter.
Former Red Sox right-hander Nathan Eovaldi is up for grabs this offseason, and Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe says that as many as nine suitors are interested in bringing the righty aboard. While the Red Sox are eager to retain Eovaldi’s services after his lights-out performance during their recent postseason run, they’ll have to contend with the Brewers, Phillies, Braves, White Sox, Padres, Blue Jays, Giants, and Angels — all of whom are reportedly positioned to offer something for the starter this winter.
It wasn’t all smooth sailing for the 28-year-old in 2018, however. After losing his 2017 season to Tommy John surgery, he underwent an additional procedure to remove loose bodies from his right elbow in March and didn’t make his first appearance until the end of May. He was flipped for lefty reliever Jalen Beeks just prior to the trade deadline and finished his season with a combined 6-7 record in 21 starts, a 3.81 ERA, 1.6 BB/9, and 8.2 SO/9 through 111 innings.
Despite his numerous health issues over the last few years, Eovaldi raised his stock in October after becoming a major contributor during the Red Sox’ championship run. He contributed two quality starts in the ALDS and ALCS and returned in Games 1-3 of the World Series with three lights-out performances in relief — including a six-inning effort in the 18-inning marathon that was Game 3.
A frontrunner has yet to emerge for the righty this offseason, but Cafardo points out that the nine teams listed so far might just be the tip of the iceberg. Still, he won’t be the most sought-after starter on the market, as former Diamondbacks southpaw Patrick Corbin is expected to command an even bigger payday following his career-best 6.0-fWAR performance in 2018.