With today signifying the start of the baseball season for most around the country, here’s a look at the All-Stars lighting up post-op. While none are on their team’s active roster for opening day due to their injuries, it’s a team many wouldn’t mind having once their surgeries mend.
- Ted Lily is a starting pitcher for the Chicago Cubs recovering from shoulder surgery.
- Joe Nathan of the Minnesota Twins is one of the best closers in baseball, but is awaiting his season-ending Tommy John elbow surgery.
- Fellow relief pitcher Brad Lidge of the Philadelphia Phillies begins opening day on the disabled list, still recovering from knee and elbow surgeries.
- Two New York Mets greet opening day in post-op as shortstop Jose Reyes recovers from thyroid surgery and centerfielder Carlos Beltran begins the year on the bench as his surgically repaired knee heals.
- Houston Astro first baseman Lance Berkman is sitting down in hopes that the swelling from his knee surgery subsides.
- Finally, San Francisco Giant second baseman Freddy Sanchez will start the season on the bench as he heals from knee and shoulder surgery.
And just in case you were wondering, this group represents over $80 million in salary that won’t be on the field until at least two weeks from now.