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Juan Uribe to undergo season-ending sports hernia surgery

Sep 7, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

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As expected, the Dodgers announced that Juan Uribe will undergo season-ending sports hernia surgery, bringing a premature end to his disastrous first season in Los Angeles.

Uribe parlayed a productive 2010 and the Giants’ championship run into a three-year, $21 million deal from the Dodgers and then hit just .204 with a .557 OPS in 77 games before being shut down. That’s well below his career norms, but 31-year-olds with sub-.300 on-base percentages tend to be likely candidates for collapse.

Without the multi-year contract Uribe might struggle to find more than a modest one-year deal on the open market, but the Dodgers are stuck paying him $8 million in 2012 and $7 million in 2013. And they also owe him $1 million worth of deferred payments in 2014.

  1. dodger88 - Sep 7, 2011 at 2:23 PM

    While he won’t “earn” the kind of salary still owed to him, I hold out hope that he gets healthy enough to become a super utility sort. He plays good to strong defense at 2B, 3B and SS and as bad as he was this year he could still be a power threat in a line-up largely devoid of the long ball outside of Matt Kemp.

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