Astros’ Josh Reddick undergoes arthroscopic shoulder surgery
Houston Astros outfielder Josh Reddick underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder on Friday, per Jake Kaplan of The Athletic.
Reddick is expected to be good to go for spring training:
Josh Reddick underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder AC joint yesterday, per the Astros. He’s expected to be fully recovered ahead of spring training.
— Jake Kaplan (@jakemkaplan) November 23, 2019
Reddick has been one of the more valuable platoon players for Houston, especially because he is one of the better defensive right fielders in baseball.
While he has not had the same level of success at the plate as he did with the Oakland Athletics, Reddick makes contact at a high level and sprays the ball to all fields.
It might not come as a surprise that Reddick needed surgery, particularly after a brutal postseason. The 32-year-old slashed .167/.211/.250 with a 22 wRC+ in October, according to FanGraphs.
The Astros are currently in deep water as the MLB investigates the club for a series of sign-stealing accusations in addition to the final decision on the punishment for comments made by former assistant general manager Brandon Taubman after Game 6 of the ALCS.
But they also have plenty of internal questions once the focus shifts back to the diamond. Aside from the obvious fact that Gerrit Cole is a free agent, the Astros might also lose a pair of relief arms — Will Harris and Joe Smith — and they need a catcher.
Houston might also have to decide whether Reddick is still the best starting option in right field. Top prospect Kyle Tucker was so impressive during his September call-up that manager A.J. Hinch elected to keep him on the postseason roster. Is he ready to start?
Regardless, outfield depth is never a bad thing. Reddick certainly gives the Astros options.