Rockies’ top prospect Rodgers out for the year after shoulder surgery

Jun 20, 2019; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Colorado Rockies third baseman Brendan Rodgers against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

After only a small taste of Major League Baseball, Brendan Rodgers’ year is over.

The infielder posted to his Instagram page in a New York hospital after undergoing surgery to repair a labral tear in his right shoulder. He was originally placed on the 10-day injured list with a right shoulder impingement:

The caption of the photo read: “Feeling pain today so I can feel strength tomorrow. Ready to turn this into my greatest comeback yet. See you in 2020.”

Rodgers, originally drafted out of Lake Mary High School, was in his fourth year with the organization. After ascending through the Rockies’ minor leagues, he was given his first taste in the majors in 2019.

In 76 at-bats, the top prospect hit .224 and drove in seven. Before his promotion, Rodgers hit .350 with Triple-A Albuquerque. His line included nine home runs in only 37 games and a 1.035 OPS.

For Double-A Hartford, Rodgers made his biggest impact. In 133 games with the club, he hit 23 home runs and drove in 79 runs.

After being called up, Rodgers entered a timeshare with fellow infielder Ryan McMahon at second base. The latter figures to get the bulk of the time moving forward, with Garrett Hampson – another versatile fielder for the club – as his substitute on days off.

In a blowout loss to the Giants Monday, Daniel Murphy was even given time at his former position.

Rodgers is the second Rockies’ player this year to be deemed out for the year alongside Tyler Anderson who underwent left knee surgery earlier in the year.

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