Ozuna is scheduled to undergo a procedure to clean up his shoulder Tuesday, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Ozuna dealt with shoulder injuries throughout the 2018 season, and it was determined after a meeting with Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles on Tuesday that the outfielder's best course of action would be a shoulder scope. Ozuna, who hit .280/.325/.433 with 23 homers and 88 RBI in his first season with the Cardinals in 2018, is expected to be fully healthy for spring training.
Ozuna is not in the lineup Sunday against the Cubs. Ozuna started every game since Sept. 2, and he produced a .906 OPS in that span. However, with the Cardinals getting eliminated from playoff contention Saturday, he'll finally get a day off. Ozuna will finish the season with a .758 OPS to go with 23 homers, 88 RBI and 69 runs scored. Tyler O'Neill will get a start in left field to replace him.
Ozuna went 2-for-4 with an RBI in Friday's 8-4 loss to the Cubs. Ozuna plated a run in the sixth inning on a single to left field, but the Cubs would ultimately take the series opener 8-4. The 27-year-old has gone 10-for-37 with two extra-base hits and five RBI over his previous 10 games, and he'll need to step up during the final two games of the regular season if the Cardinals have a chance to make the wild-card game.
Ozuna went 3-for-3 with a walk and a run in a loss to the Brewers on Tuesday. Ozuna has now hit safely in eight of the last nine games, and Tuesday's perfect night at the plate pushed his September average to .310. The outfielder has racked up 18 RBI during the month as well, and he's seemingly hit his stride at the plate as the regular season winds down.
Ozuna went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in a loss to the Brewers on Monday. Ozuna gave the Cardinals a temporary 4-3 lead via his 414-foot shot to center with Paul DeJong aboard in the sixth. The slugging outfielder has now gone deep on seven occasions in September, easily his best figure in a full month this season. Ozuna's struggles with the long ball earlier in 2018 appear to have primarily been a result of his shoulder impingement, as the aforementioned power surge has come subsequent to a stint on the disabled list to address the issue.