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Kole Calhoun to undergo knee surgery

MLB Trade Rumors logo MLB Trade Rumors 3/2/2021 Connor Byrne, MLB Trade Rumors
Kole Calhoun wearing a baseball hat: Considering he isn’t signed beyond this season, Kole Calhoun is entering a pivotal year. © Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Considering he isn’t signed beyond this season, Kole Calhoun is entering a pivotal year.

Diamondbacks outfielder Kole Calhoun will undergo right knee surgery Wednesday, manager Torey Lovullo told Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic and other reporters. Lovullo was unable to offer any details on the procedure.

While it’s unknown how much time Calhoun will miss, it at least seems likely that he will sit out the start of the regular season, which is less than. a month away. That’s unwelcome news for Arizona, as Calhoun was one of its few bright spots during a disappointing 2020. After signing a two-year, $16 million guarantee in free agency, the longtime Angel slashed .226/.338/.526 (125 wRC+) with 16 home runs and a career-high .300 isolated power number in 228 plate appearances. Calhoun also continued his good work in right field, where he recorded a 5.3 Ultimate Zone Rating.

Considering he isn’t signed beyond this season, Calhoun is entering a pivotal year. If he’s able to rebound quickly and perform even close to as well as he did last year, Calhoun could convince the Diamondbacks to exercise his $9 million option for 2022 instead of buying him out for $2 million. Regardless, it appears the Diamondbacks are going to have to at least temporarily pencil in someone else in right, where Josh VanMeterDaulton Varsho, Pavin SmithJosh Rojas, Stuart Fairchild could be in-house possibilities who are on Arizona's 40-man roster. Otherwise, the Diamondbacks might consider free agency, waivers or a trade.

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