The Pittsburgh Pirates announced on Tuesday afternoon that right-handed pitcher Chris Archer underwent a procedure to repair a bilateral hernia today. The typical recovery time is six weeks and the team believes he will be on or close to a normal schedule going into next season.
The Pirates released a full statement:
The procedure was performed by Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia, PA. Chris experienced recurrent abdominal symptoms during a recent off-season workout, and, after gathering multiple medical opinions, it was decided that surgery was the best course of treatment. The typical recovery time-frame from this type of surgery is approximately six weeks. Thereafter, Chris will resume his full off-season training activities. It is anticipated that Chris will be on or close to a regular schedule for the 2019 season.
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When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.