Chris Herrmann to undergo knee surgery

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Athletics catcher Chris Herrmann will undergo arthroscopic surgery in his right knee, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Herrmann will have cartilage and bone chips cleaned up and a fissure will be repaired. Fortunately, he does not have any ligament damage. The timetable for his recovery will be known once the procedure is completed.

Herrmann, 31, signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Athletics in December. In 36 games with the Mariners last season, he hit .237/.322/.421 across 87 plate appearances.

With Herrmann out, the Athletics will likely open the season with the duo of Josh Phegley and Nick Hundley behind the plate. Catching prospect Sean Murphy could also be called up at some point during the season. Murphy is the club’s No. 3 prospect and No. 47 overall, according to MLB Pipeline.