O'Malley (shoulder) underwent arthroscopic surgery Tuesday and remains out for at least several more months, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. O'Malley went on the 60-day disabled list in part due to a recent appendectomy, but he's also taken the opportunity to clean up a less-publicized right shoulder problem. The veteran utility man turned in a solid spring (.278/.333/.278 with six RBI, three walks and four stolen bases over 16 games) before being hospitalized on March 21 for the emergency appendix procedure.
O'Malley (appendectomy) was transferred to the 60-day DL on Tuesday, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports. This was merely a procedural move to free up a spot on the 40-man roster. O'Malley has already missed a month after undergoing an appendectomy late in spring training, and GM Jerry Dipoto said just last week that O'Malley isn't close to returning.
Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said Tuesday that O'Malley (appendectomy) isn't close to returning to active duty, Bob Dutton of The Tacoma News Tribune reports. In addition to the appendectomy, O'Malley is also still recovering from a right shoulder issue, according to Dipoto. The utility man's absence has mostly gone unnoticed, as O'Malley's placement on the disabled list to begin the season allowed Taylor Motter to make the 25-man roster. Motter has been one of the club's more effective power bats, with 11 of his 14 hits going for extra bases.
O'Malley (appendectomy) was placed on the 10-day disabled list Friday. The versatile O'Malley underwent the procedure on March 22 and his initial timetable to return was two weeks. However, the Mariners had to trim their roster down Friday with Opening Day approaching, so they will have O'Malley start the year on the DL. Taylor Motter will likely serve as the Mariners' backup shortstop while O'Malley is sidelined.
O'Malley (appendectomy) returned to the clubhouse Wednesday after his Tuesday surgery, The Seattle Times reports. O'Malley had been locked in a spirited spring battle with Taylor Motter and Mike Freeman for the utility role, but given the timing of his surgery and subsequent recovery, he's almost certain to start the season at Triple-A Tacoma. The most likely recovery timetable is 2-3 weeks, which pushes his return past Opening Day. Despite the fact he may have lost out on a roster spot for the time being, the impression he left with his play this spring was a lasting one, which could serve his chances of returning to the big league club later in the season. "He's played very well (this spring),'' manager Scott Servais said of O'Malley who has hit .278 in 36 at-bats. "Done a nice job at shortstop and wherever we've put him. We all know what Shawn brings. It's the high energy, great effort every time he's out there, whether it's a spring training 'B' game or we put him in late in a game in a big-league game."