Oakland Athletics infielder Eric Sogard underwent a patella tendon debridement procedure on his left knee on Wednesday. While an official timetable has not been established, it’s expected that Sogard will be sidelined for a minimum of six weeks. Sogard has yet to play in a major-league game this season.
Sogard was placed on the disabled list on April 2 with a cervical strain. A cervical strain, also referred to as whiplash, occurs when the muscles or tendons in the neck are stretched as a result of moving the head back and forth quickly.
Sogard began feeling discomfort in his knee during spring training, but it was during a game on his minor-league rehab assignment that the pained worsened. Sogard eventually met with Dr. James Andrews and determined that surgery was necessary. Dr. Andrews performed the surgery.
Sogard played primarily second base for the A’s last season; he fielded his position solidly. In just under 776 innings at the position, Sogard committed five errors.
Filling in for the injured Sogard has been a combination of Jed Lowrie and Chris Coghlan, who were each acquired over the offseason. Lowrie has nine hits over his last nine games, including a pair of doubles and a 4-for-5 game against the New York Yankees on Tuesday. In addition to subbing in the outfield, Coghlan can play second and third base. With Coghlan, the A’s have the flexibility to do some positional shifting late in ballgames to meet their defensive wants and needs.
Sogard hit .247 in 120 games last season with sixteen extra-base hits, including twelve doubles, three triples, and a homer. Sogard made seven steal attempts a year ago and was successful in six of them.
The 29-year-old Sogard has been on the disabled list one other time in his six-year tenure in the Athletics’ organization. The other time was in 2012; he missed the majority of the season’s final three months with a back strain.