Blue Jays Outfielder Has Surgery

His season ended with a scary scene after a full-speed collision with teammate Bo Bichette in the Toronto Blue Jays' 2-game Wild Card sweep at the hands of the Seattle Mariners. And while George Springer did suffer a concussion and a shoulder injury in that ugly incident, he'd also been nursing a bad elbow through most of the season. That now has been taken care of through surgery.

Kaitlyn McGrath of The Athletic reports that Springer had surgery to remove a bone spur from his right elbow this week, and is expected to be ready to go for spring training. 

The elbow injury cropped up again and again during the season, and kept him out of a few games here, a few games there, to the point that he only totaled 133 games on the year. 

The 32-year-old did produce when he was in the lineup, hitting 25 HR to go with 76 RBIs, a .267 average and .814 OPS. He was just named as a finalist for the Silver Slugger Award in the outfield. 

His season ended a couple of innings early in Game 2 of the WC Series, as his horrific collision with Bichette opened the floodgates for the Mariners to come all the way back from an 8-1 deficit. 

Springer just completed the second season of his 6-year, $150M deal with the Blue Jays. He's missed 113 of a possible 324 games in that span, and the Jays are hoping that clearing up the bone spur will have his elbow back to full health in 2023, and that he'll finally be able to produce a full season.