The Atlanta Braves announced on Wednesday that Sean Rodriguez underwent shoulder surgery on Tuesday to repair a torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder. The operation was performed by famed orthopedist Dr. James Andrews in Gulf Springs, Florida.
Sean Rodriguez Undergoes Shoulder Surgery: pic.twitter.com/j0TJmc5y8s— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) February 15, 2017
Rodriguez suffered the injury in an automobile accident on January 28. The Braves did not release any timetable for how long Rodriguez is expected to be out. Fox Sports Ken Rosenthal originally reported that the injury could keep Rodriguez out for 3-5 months. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s David O’Brien followed up with a report that Rodriguez could miss the entire season. The estimation is that this is likely a season-ending surgery.
Sean Rodriguez underwent left shoulder surgery today. There's a chance he'll miss the entire season. Braves haven't set a timetable.— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) February 15, 2017
Rodriguez signed a two-year deal with Atlanta this offseason worth a reported $11.5 million. He hit a career-best .270 with 18 home runs last season for the Pirates.
With Rodriguez’s status in doubt, the Braves revisited trade talks with the Cincinnati Reds and acquired veteran second baseman Brandon Phillips in exchange for a pair of minor league pitchers.