Mar 16, 2010, 3:42 PM EDT
Cory Wade missed much of last season with a shoulder injury, but upon arriving at spring training last month the 26-year-old reliever said: “My shoulder is healthy. My back is strong. This is the best I’ve felt since 2008.”
Unfortunately that was short-lived, as Wade complained of shoulder pain just two weeks later and is now scheduled to undergo arthroscopic surgery tomorrow. He’s expected to miss at least three months, but given his history it certainly wouldn’t be surprising to see Wade sit out the entire season.
“If they don’t find anything major, I’m looking at a three-month time frame,” Wade told Ken Gurnick of MLB.com. “Nobody wants surgery, but it’s come to a point where we need to figure something out.”
Wade was fantastic as a rookie in 2008, but fell victim to Joe Torre’s tendency to give his top setup men incredibly heavy workloads. Wade logged 71.1 innings despite being on the Dodgers’ active roster for just 120 games–which is a 100-inning pace for a full season–and then pitched in seven of the team’s nine playoff games that October. His arm problems since then are unfortunate, but they’re certainly not surprising.
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