MLB News: Indians’ LaPorta undergoes hip surgery

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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  • Vindictive_Pat

    Ohhhhh, so THAT’s what’s been wrong with him? Well then… I’m gonna go ahead and pencil in a .300AVG/30HR/110RBI season for him if everyone else is cool with that. But am I expecting too little? Hmmmm…

  • mgbode

    Only 30hrs? And .415 obp, right?

  • Vindictive_Pat

    I’m thinking baby steps. The guy is only 28 at the start of next season, right?

  • mgbode

    prime years for him then 🙂

  • This is good. Next, he can undergo Lasik and then shoulder, arm and wrist transplant surgery

  • CBI

    When you say “unrestricted”, do you mean it in the free agent way?

  • mgbode

    i hear Ted Williams parts are available for the right price