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Jeff Keppinger needs shoulder surgery

Sep 24, 2013, 5:02 PM EDT

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Jeff Keppinger‘s miserable season is coming to an early end, as the White Sox announced that the veteran infielder will undergo shoulder surgery Thursday.

Signed to a three-year, $12 million deal as a free agent this offseason, Keppinger got off to a brutal start by sporting a sub-.200 batting average as late as May 20. He turned things around somewhat since then, but finishes hitting .253 with a ghastly .283 on-base percentage that includes just 20 walks in 451 trips to the plate.

And his .600 OPS is 206 points below last year’s mark and 133 points under his career total coming into 2013. Keppinger is owed $4 million next season and $4.5 million in 2015.

  1. flamethrower101 - Sep 24, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    I don’t know why but I always hate it when athletes hide injuries such as this. They think it makes them look tough but to me it makes them look like idiots. What if there’s serious damage done to his shoulder that requires extensive rehab? Or worse, the damage is irreparable?

    I got on Doc Halladay’s case earlier this year when he revealed he had pitched through shoulder pain and then it was revealed he needed to have his labrum and rotator cuff fixed up. I stand by that whole-heartedly to this day.

  2. earpaniac - Sep 24, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    They should just show a picture of this guy to sum up the Sox’s season

  3. flpunx - Sep 25, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    Sucks for Kepp. I hated seeing him leave the Rays after last year and this is a real bummer for him. He’s just a good guy, and another tough break for the southsiders. Ventura’s got his work cut out for him. . .

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