Columbus Clippers outfielder Mike Papi, a former Tunkhannock Area baseball standout, has announced through his father Joe Papi that his season is over.
According to the senior Papi, “The rehab regimen had produced no satisfactory results, so the decision was made for Mike to undergo arthroscopic surgery on August 7 in an attempt to ‘clean out’ that shoulder area.”
He continued, “With barely a month left to it, this, of course, has ended Mike’s regular season. He will return to Arizona after a few days at home and if the post-surgical rehab is productive, Mike may be looking at some fall or winter ball.”
On June 4, Mike Papi landed on the seven-day injured list.
He had been dealing with a sore shoulder in his non-throwing arm throughout the season and had an MRI at the Indian’s Arizona training facility while the medical staff was examining the new draft class.
On Friday, June 14, Papi reported the results of the MRI were negative, revealing only an inflamed acromioclavicular, or AC, joint.
As circumstances unfolded, the Papi family was able to spend some time together in Charlotte.
Joe Papi followed up his son’s surgery by saying, “Mike’s surgery went fine - just a ‘clean out’ of the AC joint and a bit shaving of bone to smooth things out.”
He went on to explain, “The news was good- no ligament, tendon or rotator cuff damage. He will have eight weeks of recovery and more rehab followed by an evaluation and decision to play some winter ball to compensate for this season’s lost reps.”
In the meantime, Mike is able to spend some downtime visiting with his parents and his wife.