In December, the Brewers swung a trade with the Mariners in order to acquire Jesse Winker and Abraham Toro. Kolten Wong was the player given up in exchange. Following the deal, Winker indicated that he had left knee and neck surgery following the conclusion of the 2022 season. Today, the Brewers provided an update on his recovery.
Brewers outfielder Jesse Winker is “doing awesome” following two off-season surgeries.
Brewers GM Matt Arnold provided the update at the teams Hot Stove & Cold Brews fan event. He indicated that Winker is training at the Brewers facility and is “doing awesome”.
Brewers GM Matt Arnold said this afternoon that Jesse Winker has been working out at the team’s complex as he returns from injuries in 2022 and got a report today that he’s “doing awesome.”
— Curt Hogg (@CyrtHogg) January 19, 2023
Nagging injuries may have contributed to Winker’s down 2022 season. This led to him having a few medical issues addressed that involved having surgery on his meniscus and a cervical disc replacement. Winker indicated back in December that his originally scheduled timeline to begin baseball activities was January.
Winker had two surgeries since season’s end: Meniscus in his left knee and disc replacement surgery in his neck. He’ll begin baseball activity in January.
“This is a no-excuse league. I had a bad year so I got some things taken care of.”
— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) December 2, 2022
So far, all things seem to be pointing in an upward trajectory in regards to Winker’s recovery from two surgeries. If Winker can return to form he could be a big offensive producer for the Brewers in 2023. He will also be a free agent at seasons end, so he will be playing for a big contract next off-season.