Scott Schebler will undergo shoulder surgery on Tuesday. It culminates a season that’s been one that the Cincinnati Reds outfielder would probably like to put behind him as he’s struggled at the plate. Over this past weekend he was placed back on the 7-day injured list in Triple-A Louisville where he had been playing for the Bats.
The last year has been a tough one for Scott Schebler. Just over a year ago the Cincinnati Reds outfielder was placed on the disabled list with a right-shoulder injury. His OPS was .821 on the day he went on the disabled list for the Major League club. He returned to the lineup six weeks later and hit just .202/.305/.368 in the final five weeks of the season. When 2019 began, things didn’t get better for the left-handed hitter. In the first 30 games of the year he hit just .123/.253/.222 before the Reds optioned him to Triple-A Louisville.
Once in Triple-A, things did get a little better for Scott Schebler, but not by much. He continued to struggle to hit. In 53 games he hit just .216/.274/.325. Over his 212 plate appearances he only had six doubles and five home runs. Formerly a 30-home run hitter in the Major Leagues, since his original shoulder injury in 2018, the power he once showed simply hasn’t been there for him.
Hopefully for Scott Schebler the procedure will help get him back to where he once was. There was thunder in his bat as the first half of 2018.
The original version of this article noted that Scott Schebler underwent shoulder surgery today. He did not. He is scheduled to undergo shoulder surgery on Tuesday.