Eibner will likely miss most of the 2018 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in early August, which was required after he attempted to convert from an outfielder to a relief pitcher for the Dodgers. Important to note, the Rangers announced Eibner as an outfielder during his signing, which dispels any notion that he will try to return as a pitcher. As the case with an elbow injury such as this, it will be much faster for him to be back on the field as a position player anyway. During 17 big-league games with Los Angeles in 2017, he slashed .182/.250/.364 with two home runs and six RBI.
Eibner (elbow) was released by the Dodgers on Monday, Eric Stephen of TrueBlueLA.com reports.
Eibner was cut loose after being designated for assignment earlier in the week. The 28-year-old slashed .182/.250/.364 with two homers in 17 games with the Dodgers this season. Eibner underwent Tommy John surgery at the beginning of August, so he isn't expected to return until late next season.
Just a month after undergoing Tommy John surgery, Eibner was handed a DFA in order to make room for September call-ups on the active roster. This was a somewhat expected move considering he won't be returning to the field until late next season. During 17 games with the Dodgers this season, Eibner hit .182/.250/.364 with a pair of home runs and six RBI.
Eibner (elbow) will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery Tuesday, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
There was some speculation earlier in the year that Eibner could develop as a pitcher a bit and act as a hybrid outfielder/reliever for Los Angeles at some point, but this likely puts the kibosh on those plans. The 28-year-old will likely be able to return to action much earlier as a hitter than as a pitcher, but this appears to be an extended absence for him either way.
Eibner was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Friday, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Eibner has struggled mightily during his brief tenure in the big leagues this season, and with the Dodgers getting Justin Turner back from the disabled list Friday, Eibner was an easy choice to send back to the minors. He'll continue to act as organizational outfield depth until injuries arise in Los Angeles again.
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|2011||AFX-Kane County Cougars||76||272||46||58||13||2||12||31||48||90||2||3||.340||.408||.213|
|2012||AFA-Wilmington Blue Rock||120||423||60||83||26||5||15||53||57||165||5||2||.299||.388||.196|
|2013||AA-Northwest Arkansas N||114||441||74||107||17||9||19||41||53||149||7||3||.330||.451||.243|
|2014||AAA-Omaha Storm Chasers||74||274||42||66||13||2||7||27||30||78||5||2||.317||.380||.241|
|2014||AFA-Wilmington Blue Rock||13||41||5||9||3||0||1||3||10||16||3||2||.373||.366||.220|
|2015||AAA-Omaha Storm Chasers||103||389||65||118||23||1||19||81||38||79||10||0||.364||.514||.303|