Braves’ Sean Rodriguez undergoes shoulder surgery, out indefinitely
KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Braves utility man Sean Rodriguez underwent surgery Tuesday for a torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder, the team announced in a statement. There is no timetable set on his return.
The procedure was performed by Dr. James Andrews.
Rodriguez, 31, injured his non-throwing shoulder in a Jan. 28 car accident in Miami, Fla., that hospitalized his wife and children. They were since released.
Rodriguez, who signed a two-year contract with the Braves in November, spent the last two seasons with the Pirates and in 2016 hit .270/.349/.510 with 18 home runs, 16 doubles and a triple in 342 plate appearances.
Having played first base, second base, shortstop and third base and all three outfield positions in Pittsburgh, Rodriguez was expected to vie for significant playing time in Atlanta, especially at second and third.
After it had been reported he would need surgery, the Braves acquired three-time All-Star second baseman Brandon Phillips from the Reds.