The A’s announced this afternoon that center fielder Ramón Laureano underwent core surgery yesterday. He suffered the injury during his personal training regimen. The team expects he’ll still be ready for Spring Training.
Laureano hasn’t played since August 6, when MLB handed down an 80-game suspension after he tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug. That ruled him out for this season’s final 53 contests, and he’ll miss the first 27 games of next season to complete that punishment.
Over 378 plate appearances, Laureano hit .246/.317/.443 with fourteen home runs. He’s eligible for arbitration for the first time this offseason, where he’ll be part of a loaded class that could lead to some significant roster changes for the low-payroll A’s. Oakland looked to be in solid playoff position for much of the year, but they’ll head into the winter having come up a few games short of the postseason for the first time since 2017.