David Fletcher had surgery on Tuesday to repair the adductor muscles of both legs and one abdominal muscle, a procedure that will be set aside the Angels internal for “a couple of months,” according to Mike Frostad, the team’s chief athletic trainer.
Fletcher what included in the list of injured for 15 days due to a left hip strain on Sunday, but doctors in Philadelphia found enough damage to his right hip on Monday to warrant surgical repairs to both legs.
“It’s not unusual – usually if one is bad, the other is bad too,” Frostad said. “So it’s good to fix them both now instead of making one now, because down the road, if [the other hip] he needs it, it’s another period of time he has to waste. Doing both was not the worst idea today. “
Frostad said injuries to the adductor muscles, which are located inside the hip, near the groin, are common in hockey and are becoming more common in baseball. The prognosis for Fletcher, she said, is good.
“The surgeon is very optimistic,” Frostad said. “He has performed hundreds of these procedures and has seen boys return without problems.”
Fletcher, in the second year of a $ 26 million five-year contract, sustained the injury during spring training. He opened the season as the Angels shortstop, but only played five games before making the injury list for three weeks.
After a brief period of triple A rehab, Fletcher returned to the Angels on April 29 and played nine games, but was not fully healed. He scored .158 (six for 38) with two doubles, two RBI, three walks and two strikeouts in 14 games.
“We just want to make him feel good,” said Angels manager Joe Maddon. “It was obvious that he was unable to move as he is able to move. He tried, but he knew he couldn’t be himself and playing a whole season like that isn’t fun. So hit the pause button to put everything back and then go back and help us.
Starter receiver Max Stassi was placed on the non-designated injury list ahead of Tuesday night’s game against Tampa Bay. Veteran catcher Austin Romine has been activated and Maddon has said that both he and Chad Wallach will share catching duties in place of Stassi and Kurt Suzuki, also on the list of injured without designation. … Right-footed Griffin Canning, on the 60-day injury list due to a stress reaction in his lower back, “was a little more sore than expected” after pitching a simulated game of two 30 innings. pitches on Monday, and Frostad said he will retire from pitching for a few days.