Brandon Moss has hip surgery

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We heard earlier this month that Brandon Moss was set for hip surgery and now we have more details. According to Joe Stiglich of CSNBayArea.com, the Athletics announced that Moss had a torn labrum repaired as well as a clean-up procedure to an impingement in his hip.

Moss will use crutches for around four weeks and the expectation is that he’ll begin running in 12 weeks. The Athletics could take it easy with him early on in spring training, but it sounds like he should have plenty of time to get ready for Opening Day.

Moss was selected to his first All-Star team this year after a huge first half, but he batted just .173 with four home runs and a .584 OPS over 58 games after the break. The hip injury provides context for his struggles.

Freddie Freeman has elbow surgery

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Freddie Freeman‘s elbow began barking in the second half of the season and he was a shadow of himself in the month of September. The Braves rested him for half a minute in the season’s final week but he still played 158 games in 2019. They said he was good to go for the NLDS but he was clearly limited, going 4-for-22 in the Braves’ series loss to the Cardinals.

Today the Braves announced that Freeman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow on Wednesday. The team said today that the procedure involved the removal of three fragmented loose bodies and the cleaning up of multiple bone spur formations.

It’s not clear if more rest down the stretch would’ve made a difference for him — and it’s not clear that the Braves had options at first base for the postseason that were substantially better than even a limited Freeman — but it’s clear that not having Freeman feeling like himself in the heart of the order was a problem.

Freeman is expected to be good-to-go for spring training.