Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell revealed on Wednesday that Aaron Ashby will undergo arthroscopic shoulder surgery and will likely miss a vast majority of the 2023 season.
#Brewers manager Craig Counsell says Aaron Ashby is scheduled for shoulder surgery Friday and won't play until late in the season at best. #ThisIsMyCrew pic.twitter.com/diopK3kr2W
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After experiencing shoulder fatigue this offseason, Ashby received a platelet rich plasma injection in his shoulder in early February. The injury was initially described as a labrum tear. This original path had Ashby making his season debut sometime in May or June. With the announcement that he will undergo surgery, that is obviously not the case for the southpaw anymore.
Ashby was expected to be a swingman/back end starter this season for the Brewers. This was a position designed to help the team win and also help him develop. The Brewers signed Ashby to a five year contract extension worth $20.5 million with additional options for the 2028-2029 seasons, so his health is of great importance to them.
With Ashby out for such a significant period of time that makes the Wade Miley signing way more important for the Brewers. They also have Janson Junk, who has MLB experience, and Adrian Houser, who is on the 15 day IL, as options to start games if needed.
Hopefully Ashby will be able to make a full recovery and return to the Brewers at some point this season. When he is healthy he can be an asset on the mound.