Lost in the news of the Atlanta Braves’ acquisition of Brandon Phillips was that the move was necessitated due to a shoulder injury to Sean Rodriguez that he sustained in a car crash last month. At the time of the crash, Rodriguez’s injuries were reported as minor. New reports suggest that they are much more serious.
Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal originally reported that Rodriguez was set to undergo surgery on his injured shoulder next week and that he could be out anywhere from 3 to 5 months. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s David O’Brien however reports that the injury could cause Rodriguez to miss the entire season.
Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported Rodriguez would have shoulder surgery soon and miss three to five months for shoulder surgery, but another person familiar with the situation said there was a chance Rodriguez could miss the entire season. When the accident occured, it was first believed and reported that Rodriguez had escaped serious injury.
The Braves haven’t issued any update in regards to Rodriguez’s status. Atlanta signed him to a two-year deal this offseason after a career-year with the Pirates last season. He appeared to be penciled in as the team’s everyday second baseman thus the quick acquisition of Phillips.