The Cleveland Indians have announced that first baseman/outfielder
Matt LaPorta underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left hip Thursday, reports
Jordan Bastian of MLB.com.
The Indians announced Friday
that LaPorta underwent a left hip arthroscopy Thursday in Nashville, Tenn., and
will need three to four months for recovery and rehab. Barring any setbacks,
the expectation is that LaPorta will be healthy in time for Spring Training
games in March.
While LaPorta could be healthy by the time spring training
rolls around, the former top prospect isn’t guaranteed a spot with the Indians.
He’s out of options heading into 2013, so general manager Chris Antonetti said
he’ll either have to be on a major league team somewhere or pass through
waivers to remain in the Indians’ farm system.
LaPorta, 27, played mostly first base and designated hitter
with the Indians this season, hitting only .241/.267/.328 over 58 at-bats. He
also saw time in left field with Cleveland’s Triple-A affiliate, hitting
.264/.350/.472 with 19 doubles and 19 home runs over 375 at-bats.
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