Injuries have mistreated Colorado Rockies infielder Brendan Rodgers for years.
He is 26 years old, and judging by the quality of prospect he was in the late 2010s, one would think he would be an established star by now.
Development is not linear, and injuries happen.
That’s the way it is.
Despite still missing some time with various physical ailments, he has been able to play a bit more in 2021 and 2022.
He accumulated a .798 OPS in 2021 and a .733 mark last season, so he was starting to build a career as an average starter at second base.
That’s not insignificant.
Unfortunately, the injury ghost has appeared again to slow down his development.
“#Rockies 2B Brendan Rodgers (dislocated left shoulder) has more damage than expected to the shoulder capsule. Doctors are still checking, but surgery is possible, which could threaten his season,” Rockies insider Thomas Harding tweeted.
#Rockies 2B Brendan Rodgers (dislocated left shoulder) has more damage than expected to the shoulder capsule. Doctors are still checking, but surgery is possible, which could threaten his season.
— Thomas Harding (@harding_at_mlb) March 2, 2023
That doesn’t look good at all.
The initial diagnosis was a dislocated left shoulder, but it appears to be more than that.
Here is hoping he doesn’t have a torn labrum, a very complicated injury that not many hitters are able to fully come back from.
Rodgers’ right shoulder required labrum repair in 2019, and his offensive production has been okay, but not near pre-injury expectations.
Significant surgeries on both of his shoulders could put him at a severe disadvantage in the future.
The Rockies will surely update his status in a few days, but surgery is looking more and more like an option at this point.
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