Long underwent surgery to address a stress fracture in his right shin Tuesday, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports. The injury had reportedly been bothering Long since spring training, which may explain his very poor .171/.242/.291 slash line. Recovery from the procedure is expected to take 6-to-8 weeks, so he should have no issues being ready for next year's spring training.
Long (lower leg) is contemplating the next step in treating the stress fracture in his shin, the Associated Press reports. "Shed is still working through what's the best course of action for him to get back healthy. I know he's weighing a couple different options right now. I'm not sure where he's headed," manager Scott Servais said. "May be a minor surgery, may not be." Long is now deemed to be done for the 2020 season, so he has some time to reach a decision on the best course of action. The 25-year-old aggravated the stress reaction that he'd apparently been dealing with since spring training when he fouled a ball off the leg Sept. 6 against the Rangers. After entering the campaign with high expectations and an everyday job at second base, Long literally limped to a .171/.242/.291 line across 124 plate appearances before being shut down by the injury.
Long will undergo an MRI on his right shin and will have a consult with Dr. James Andrews, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports. Long revealed Saturday that he'd been dealing with a stress reaction in his right shin since spring training, which could partially explain his poor .171/.242/.291 slash line. He fouled a ball off the same shin last weekend against the Rangers, which made the problem worse and sent him to the injured list. His timeline should become clear following his MRI and consult.
Long was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right shin stress fracture, retroactive to Sept. 10. Long appeared in just two of the past seven games, but he'll be sidelined at least 10 days as he deals with a shin issue. The 25-year-old had been serving mainly in a depth role after slashing .171/.242/.291 this season, but Dee Strange-Gordon could see a slight uptick in playing time in Long's absence. With just over two weeks remaining in the regular season, Long might not make it back to the field this year.
Long is not in the lineup for Monday's game against the Rangers. Long's playing time has dropped significantly in recent days, as he now sits for the fifth time in the last six games. Dylan Moore gets the nod at second base.
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