The Washington Nationals announced that pinch hitter and veteran bench player Chad Tracy underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Thursday.
Tracy, who missed 55 games this season after his right adductor muscle tore off the bone in late May, had the surgery done by Nationals medical director Wiemi Douoguih at the Medstar Washington Hospital Center. He is expected to be fully recovered well before spring training.
Tracy hit .269 with seven doubles, three homers and 14 RBI in 73 games for the Nationals this season, primarily as a pinch hitter. With nine pinch-hit RBI on the season, Tracy was one of the most productive pinch hitters in the major leagues throughout the year, despite missing significant time to injury.
In late August, the Nationals extended Tracy through the 2013 season for $1 million, feeling it was important to keep a vital member of manager Davey Johnson’s bench intact.