Athletics outfielder Sam Fuld requires surgery on a torn rotator cuff, MLB.com’s Jane Lee reports on Twitter. He’ll undergo the procedure on May 18 and will not be ready to return during the 2016 season.
Fuld, a 34-year-old veteran of eight MLB campaigns, avoided arbitration with Oakland at a $1.93MM salary. He’ll continue to accrue service while he’s shelved, and will qualify for free agency after the season.
While he’s seen fairly consistent reserve action since 2011, Fuld has never been very productive with the bat. He owns a .227/.307/.325 career slash line over 1,535 plate appearances. He does add some value with his legs, with 67 career stolen bases and generally excellent baserunning metics. Most of all, Fuld has long been known as a quality defender, with advanced metrics placing strong ratings on his work in left and center.
Oakland would surely have preferred to have Fuld as a depth option, but doesn’t have a particulary strong need for him at present. Indeed, the team’s addition of Chris Coghlan — like Fuld, a left-handed hitter — seemed to occupy his most obvious place in the organization.