The Pittsburgh Pirates announced that infielder Kevin Kramer underwent right hip surgery last week and he should return to full baseball activities in 4-6 months.
With that timeline, Kramer is likely out for the potential 2020 season, though a later ending date could have him back before the season ends in late September under the best case scenario.
The 26-year-old Kramer has played parts of two seasons with the Pirates, hitting .152/.222/.165 in 90 plate appearances, with 37 strikeouts. He was slated to play more outfield this season, along with his usual positions all around in the infield. During Spring Training, he was hitting .240/.387/.240 in 31 plate appearances before action was shut down.
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.
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.