The Pittsburgh Pirates announced that right-handed pitcher Joe Musgrove had surgery on Friday to repair his abdominal wall. The recovery time for him to be back to full off-season training is six weeks, which would be around December 1st, giving him plenty of time to get ready for Spring Training next year. Musgrove missed his final two starts this year due to right side abdominal discomfort.

Here’s the official press release from the Pirates regarding Musgrove’s surgery:

After recent reexaminations determined there was less than the desired amount of clinical healing, the decision was made that surgery was the most prudent path to optimal health for the 2019 season.

Surgery to repair the abdominal wall and to help the stress reaction heal was performed today by Dr. Craig Smith in Los Angeles, CA.

A typical recovery time-frame from this type of surgery that would allow an athlete to participate in full off-season training activities is approximately six weeks. We anticipate Joe will be on or close to a regular schedule for 2019 Major League Spring Training.

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