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Matt LaPorta undergoes hip surgery to repair torn labrum

Oct 19, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

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Matt LaPorta was already facing an uncertain future in Cleveland after repeatedly struggling in various stints with the Indians and now he’ll have to come back from hip surgery.

Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that LaPorta underwent surgery yesterday to repair a torn labrum in his left hip and “will need three to four months for recovery and rehab.”

That gives him enough time to be ready for spring training, but just barely, and because he’s out of minor-league options LaPorta will have to make the Opening Day roster or be placed on waivers.

Acquired from the Brewers in mid-2008 as the centerpiece of the CC Sabathia trade, LaPorta has hit just .238 with a .694 OPS in 291 games for the Indians and the former No. 7 overall pick turns 28 years old in January.

  1. brewcrewfan54 - Oct 19, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    This guy was supposed to be a cant miss prospect and he’s missed pretty badly so far. Unfortunate.

  2. Lukehart80 - Oct 19, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    This was the worst season of LaPorta’s frustrating career. I certainly don’t see him on the Indians’ Opening Day roster. I expect he’ll clear waivers, and perhaps be signed to a minor league deal and sent to Columbus again. He’s not the answer at 1B though.

  3. tashkalucy - Oct 19, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    At least in this trade, Antonetti got a starting player – Milton Bradley.

    Nothing in the CC trade, and if Masterson doesn’t step it up the Victor Martinez will look bleak as well.

    • hbdbrowns33 - Oct 20, 2012 at 11:07 PM

      You realize Milton Bradley left the Indians in 2003 right? The Indians got Michael Brantley from the Brewers.

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