Soto underwent the procedure over the weekend because of issues with his Achilles’ tendon. Last week, it had been reported that the injury did not limit Soto from doing anything except baserunning, but continued pain resulted in him catching the earliest available flight back to Dallas to have an MRI.
The surgery was to remove a small bone that pushing against Soto’s flexor tendon and is expected to set the Rangers’ starting catcher back about three weeks. Soto had opted to have the surgery this early in camp so as to be ready for Opening Day. Assistant General Manager Thad Levine told media members that it won’t take long once Geo gets back into the swing of things to be ready for the season.
Once his sutures heal, which is in approximately 10 days, he should be able to return to almost all baseball activity and then the hope is that at about the three-week mark he’d be effectively game ready.
If the three week recovery period goes on with no setbacks, that would leave Soto two weeks worth of Spring Training games to prepare for the Opening Series against the Phillies. Otherwise, backup catcher and free agent acquisition J.P. Arencibia would start the series.
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