Oct 20, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT
After a pair of MRI exams and visits to three doctors Adrian Gonzalez has decided to undergo right shoulder surgery that Padres general manager Jed Hoyer described as a “clean up” procedure.
Gonzalez admitted late in the season that he’d been playing through discomfort since May and altered his swing because of it, but he didn’t miss a start in the second half and finished the year with the second-best OPS of his career.
He’s expected to be fully healthy well before spring training and Hoyer indicated that the Padres plan on Gonzalez being their starting first baseman in 2011 despite that being the final year on his contract. Of course, that won’t stop trade rumors from swirling throughout the offseason.
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