Jeff Keppinger should be ready in time to prepare for the 2014 season.
Earlier this week the White Sox infielder said his surgically repaired right shoulder would be 100 percent healed by November. Keppinger said Sunday his surgeon informed him there had been fraying of his rotator cuff but nothing unusual other than “regular wear and tear.” The recovery period is expected to take six weeks, which should have Keppinger healthy by mid-November or early December, when he normally begins to get ready for the upcoming season.
Keppinger’s numbers from mid-May on were in line with his career totals but a slow start led to the worst season of his career. Keppinger, who signed a three-year deal for $12 million with the White Sox last offseason, had a .253/.283/.317 line with four home runs and 40 RBIs.
Asked if he looks forward to a clean slate, Keppinger agreed.
“Without a doubt,” Keppinger said. “Without a doubt. Tough season.”
General manager Rick Hahn said Keppinger didn’t use the injury as an excuse. But Hahn thought the shoulder might have had some impact. Hahn hopes the White Sox are able to turn to Keppinger as an everywhere-man next season.
“The intent is to use him how he was originally brought here,” Hahn said. “That is as a complimentary player who can be moved around and give Robin some flexibility. The (Gordon) Beckham injury obviously forced him into a little greater playing time earlier in the year than we anticipated, but a healthy Jeff Keppinger can play a key role on a good team, we feel.”