Oakland Athletics catcher Stephen Vogt underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow, according to a press release from the club. Vogt is expected to recover in four to six weeks, which would put his initial start of activity between the end of February and the middle of March. The club says he is fully expected to be ready by Opening Day.
Dr. Jon Dickinson performed the procedure at the Presidio Surgical Center. Dr. Dickinson performed a debridement of the elbow joint and removed a bone chip. A "debridement" is simply the removal of dead or damaged tissue to improve the ability of a wound to heal.
A's general manager David Forst spoke to Janie McCauley of the Associated Press:
A's GM Forst says Vogt R elbow bothered him cpl weeks, then MRI showed bone chip. "We decided we could get it out & not impact the season."— Janie McCauley (@JanieMcCAP) January 29, 2016
CSN California's Joe Stiglich adds:
Vogt's elbow didn't start bothering him until he began throwing after New Year. Not major but kept nagging. Then MRI showed bone spur.— Joe Stiglich (@JoeStiglichCSN) January 30, 2016
This is the second consecutive year Vogt has undergone offseason surgery of some sort. Last year, he had surgery to correct a foot issue that prevented him from catching for much of 2014. That surgery also delayed the start of his spring training. He first caught three innings in spring competition on March 9.
The A's have five other catchers listed on their spring training roster: Josh Phegley, Carson Blair, Bruce Maxwell, Matt McBride, and Jacob Nottingham. McBride has primarily been an outfielder the last few years, he last played more than a handful of games behind the plate in 2007.