Arizona DIamondbacks left fielder, David Peralta, has elected to have surgery on his problematic right shoulder, costing him the remainder of the 2019 season. Tests conducted on Monday confirmed a diagnosis of inflammation of the shoulder. This shoulder and its issues have limited Peralta to appearing in only 99 games this season. While his triple slash of .275/.343./.461 was good for an OPS+ of 104, the lack of impact power stands in sharp contrast to his 2018 season when he slashed a robust .293/.352/.516, good for an OPS+ of 127, which won him the Silver Slugger. Despite his injury-induced struggles this year, Peralta has still been good for 1.7 bWAR and 1.7 fWAR. A look at the team’s mediocre performance in 2019 speaks volumes about how much his bat is missed.
Hopefully, this proactive decision to have surgery now means that Peralta will have plenty of time to recover and get in shape again before next April. The Diamondbacks will be relying on a healthy Peralta if they are hoping to make a run at contention again in 2020.