Athletics utilityman Ben Zobrist confirms that he will have arthroscopic knee surgery, which likely means he will be out four to six weeks, Joe Stiglich of Comcast SportsNet California writes (via Twitter). That Zobrist would have surgery seemed increasingly likely earlier today, when the A’s placed him on the disabled list and promoted infielder Max Muncy to take his place on the active roster.
Via the Bay Area News Group’s John Hickey (on Twitter), Zobrist says he’s hopeful he can return by the start of June, giving the A’s four more months of regular-season baseball with him before he becomes a free agent. But the injury limits the amount of time the Athletics have to recoup the investment they made this offseason when they sent top prospect Daniel Robertson (along with big-leaguer John Jaso and another prospect, Boog Powell) to Tampa Bay for Zobrist and Yunel Escobar. Zobrist had been very durable before this season, having played 146 or more games in every year since 2009.
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Don’t trade for 1 year rentals. Too risky.
I didn’t understand that trade to begin with. I thought the As might have given up too much for one year of Zobrist, no matter how good he might be.
Now with long DL stints for the two major league players involved, I guess its more or less a wash, at least at the ML level. I guess we’ll have to wait and see what TBR gets from Robertson and Powell.
Oh sorry, forgot about Escobar. But then, I think that conversation was, yes, you can have Zobrist for Jaso, Robertson and Powell. But you have to take Escobar too.
I was kinda surprised they traded for him in the first place. Hopefully he comes back and helps with their playoff push
Yeah I still have no idea what Beane’s thought process was this off season.
He’s one of those players you just have to love. Even as a division rival all these years, you pulled for him. A shame.
Poor Ben, I hate to see him get injured, especially his knees. We miss him not being on the Rays. Well, hopefully everything will go good and he won’t have any ill effects.
What a shame. Get well soon Ben.
Playoff push??? Haha! Teams playing sub 500 baseball dont have a playoff run. The A’s are a group of mediocre players hoping to have two pitchers keep them in a division they cant win.
The Rays have a knack for knowing when to get rid of their aging players. All those years on turf take a huge toll on knees as evidenced by Carl Crawford, BJ Upton and now Zobrist.