Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun will undergo core muscle surgery Tuesday in Pennsylvania, the team announced.
Angels General Manager Billy Eppler said the surgery was meant to correct an ailment that bothered Calhoun for much of the season. The outfielder visited Dr. William Meyers, a noted specialist on hernia and core muscle injuries. The required recovery time is estimated to be six to eight weeks, after which Calhoun can prepare for the season as normal.
Calhoun, who turns 29 on Friday, is due a substantial raise this off-season after batting .271 with a .786 OPS in 157 games. It was his best full season on offense; he won a Gold Glove in 2015 for his defense.
He qualified for arbitration by one day last year and thus earned $3.4 million, more than doubling his previous earnings in the sport. He’ll likely earn at least $6 million in 2017, and probably closer to $7 million.
He could also sign a long-term contract with the team to bypass the next three years of arbitration, but the Angels did not discuss that matter with him last off-season.