DJ Stewart undergoes ankle surgery, Opening Day status uncertain

DJ Stewart, who was the Orioles’ first round draft pick in 2015, underwent microfracture surgery on his right ankle Thursday, October 18. Stewart is expected to resume baseball activities towards the end of spring training.

The procedure was performed by Dr. Kenneth Jung at the Kerlan-Jobb Institute in Los Angeles, CA. The ankle that Stewart had the operation on is the same one he sprained in the summer of 2019. This was just one of multiple injuries that plagued Stewart’s 2019 campaign.

Dj Stewart taking a fly ball off his head, resulting in a concussion in August 2019
(Photo: golfdigest.com)

Despite a rough season in terms of health, Stewart was still able to hit for .238 in 44 games. This was accompanied by four home runs and 15 RBI. For still being a young hitter, Stewart showed good plate discipline, with just 26 strikeouts in 142 plate appearances in the majors this season after his call up from Triple-A Norfolk.

Stewart’s injury leaves him uncertain as an Opening Day starter, as he will need a lot of work once he is able to return late in spring training. This certainly opens up the outfield competition come spring, and there’s no way of guessing how that will develop.

As we hope for a speedy recovery for Stewart, all Orioles fans are ready to look past his injury-ridden season. 2020 is a new year for Stewart, as he looks to improve in his third major league season.

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