Pena to have season-ending surgery
Atlanta Braves utility man Ramiro Pena is having season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder.
After being put on the 15-day disabled list last Friday, the infielder decided to have the surgery after getting multiple opinions on the shoulder. Dr. James Andrews will perform the surgery on Thursday at his offices in Florida.
Pena was signed by Atlanta as a free agent out of the Yankees organization this past winter. Not having a definite contract for next season could have played a great role into his decision to go through with the surgery. Putting it off could have cost him a spot on any roster next year.
As for the Braves, Paul Janish was pulled up from Triple-A affiliate Gwinnett to fill Pena’s roster spot on June 21. Where Janish rivals Pena’s defensive talent, he lacks at the plate. Pena is in the midst of a career-best season at the plate, boasting nine extra-base hits and three home runs.
Pena has had surgery once before on the same shoulder when he was a minor leaguer.