Left Wrist Surgery Scheduled for Guyer; Right Hip Surgery Performed on Plutko
Bob Toth | On 09, Oct 2017
The 2017 calendar was injury-plagued for Indians outfielder Brandon Guyer and his most recent setback has resulted in the need for surgery.
The Indians announced on Monday evening that the 31-year-old outfielder will undergo left wrist surgery on Wednesday, October 11, in Scottsdale, Arizona, to repair an extensor tendon in his wrist. A time table for rehabilitation will be established after the surgical procedure.
Guyer has not played for the Indians since September 14 while dealing with soreness in his left wrist. He missed six weeks of action in May and June after injuring the wrist initially. At the time of the most recent incident, it was believed that he re-aggravated the injury while pinch-hitting.
It was hoped that he would be able to return to the club during their final road trip of the regular season, but rest, intense medical work, and rehab did not do enough to have him healthy enough to be considered for the team’s first round playoff series against the New York Yankees.
Guyer was acquired by the Indians at the 2016 non-waivers trade deadline in a deal with the Tampa Bay Rays. A magnet for pitches at the plate, his strong approach against left-handed pitching and his ability to get on base in unique, albeit somewhat painful, manners, earned him significant playing time in platoon roles in both corner outfield spots over the final two months of the regular season. He hit .333 in 38 games with the Tribe with five doubles, two homers, and 14 RBI, and his eight times struck by a pitch at the plate while with the Indians increased his season total to 31, the top mark in the Majors last year. He continued his .333 hitting at the plate into the postseason, where he went 6-for-18 in 24 plate appearances and scored the final run of the Indians’ season.
This season, he slashed .236/.326/.327 with seven doubles, a triple, two homers, and 20 RBI in just 38 games. He also missed time early in spring camp with right hamstring soreness in addition to right hip discomfort.
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The Indians also announced that minor league right-handed pitcher Adam Plutko, a member of the 40-man roster, underwent a surgical intervention on Monday in Dallas, Texas, to repair a tear of the labrum in his right hip. His rehab is expected to begin immediately and it is believed that he will be ready to return to full baseball activities in four to six months.
The 26-year-old Plutko spent three separate stints on the Indians roster in 2017, but did not appear in a game for the club. He was recalled for a week in the middle of June, for several days at the beginning of August, and for a few more days when the rosters expanded at the beginning of September. He was optioned back to the minors with a limited work load available for the Indians and last appeared in a playoff game for High-A Lynchburg, working an inning and two-thirds of scoreless relief, allowing a hit while striking out two as the Hillcats defeated the Frederick Keys, 7-1, to earn a share of the Carolina League Championship, their first since 2012.
Plutko had spent the rest of the season in the Triple-A rotation of the Columbus Clippers, where he went 7-12 in his second season with the club with a 5.90 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP in 24 games (22 starts). A starter at the minor league level, he pitched in two games for the Indians in 2016, posting no record with a 7.36 ERA and a 1.91 WHIP in two relief appearances.
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