Cleveland Indians first baseman Matt LaPorta underwent a left hip arthroscopy Thursday morning in Nashville, TN. The procedure was performed by Dr. Thomas Byrd of the Nashville Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center where Byrd performed a debridement of the left hip joint.
The Indians expect LaPorta’s recovery and rehab to take 3-to-4 months with the expectation Matt will be unrestricted for the start of exhibition play in 2013.
In 22 games for the Tribe in 2012, LaPorta his .241 with one home run, five RBI and two runs scored. Since being obtained for CC Sabathia in 2009, the player who was thought to be the team’s next 40-home run threat has provided a slash line of .238/.302/.393 (.694 OPS) with 31 home runs. Combined.
It is expected that the Indians will, once again, attempt to upgrade their first base position this coming offseason.
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