SAN JOSE — Count Joel Ward as one of the Sharks players who are dealing with injuries this offseason.
In a statement released by the Sharks on Friday afternoon, Ward had surgery after the end of the season to repair what the team called a minor shoulder injury. The surgery was done in the Bay Area.
“Joel was dealing with a minor shoulder injury last season and, once the season ended, had a choice to either rehab the injury or to have a surgical procedure,” Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said in the statement.
“Joel opted to proceed with the surgical procedure, which was completed successfully, and he is expected to be ready for the start of the 2017 season.”
Ward was wearing a sling around his left shoulder, holding in place an injured right arm, at the Oakland Coliseum on Thursday night as the A’s gave away Sharks beanies prior to their game against the Boston Red Sox.
It isn’t yet publicly known how or when Ward was injured. He played all six games of the Sharks’ opening round series loss to the Edmonton Oilers, and was not among the players who were believed to be dealing with significant injuries at the end of the season.
Joe Thornton had what the team described as successful surgery April 24 to repair torn anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his left knee. The Sharks stated that Thornton, a pending unrestricted free agent, would be ready for the start of the 2017-18 regular season in October.
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