Royals' Crisp is out for the year

Royals outfielder Coco Crisp will undergo season-ending surgery Wednesday to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder.

The decision to have surgery followed a follow-up examination Monday by Dr. James Andrews, a shoulder specialist, in Birmingham, Ala.

Andrews will perform the surgery.

The extent of the damage won’t be known until the procedure takes place, but the typical recovery period for a torn labrum is four-to-six months.

Crisp, 29, hasn’t played since June 12 but began experiencing shoulder pain in April. The pain increased sharply in early May, which roughly correlates to his sharp drop in productivity.

Crisp batted .261 with a .382 on-base percentage in 32 games through May 12, but declined to .164 and .239 over his next 17 games prior to being placed on the disabled list.

The injury also poses a major question for the Royals in determining whether to pick up his $8 million option for next season. They can choose to buy their way out of the option for $500,000 and allow Crisp to become a free agent.

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