Surgery for Pronk
Travis Hafner will undergo diagnostic arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder in Birmingham, Ala., on Tuesday. Dr. James Andrews will perform the surgery.
On a conference call today, head athletic trainer Lonnie Soloff explained that Hafner’s shoulder strength is at about 70 percent. It was at 75 percent when he returned to baseball activities in August. Because of the regression, the decision has been made to, in Soloff’s words, “clean out any chronic changes and investigate any other anatomical reasons for pain.”
So there’s an exploratory nature to this surgery. The Indians have not discovered anything on an MRI that indicates any part of Pronk’s shoulder will need to be repaired or reconstructed, but surgery may or may not reveal something along those lines. Expect a more detailed update on the surgery Tuesday, and a full story on today’s news will be up on the Indians.com site shortly.