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Cardinals RHP Adam Ottavino slated for shoulder surgery

Jul 15, 2010, 7:46 PM EDT

Adam Ottavino, the Cardinals’ first-round pick in 2006 out of Northeastern, will undergo surgery for what GM John Mozeliak called a “slap tear,” reports the Post-Dispatch’s Derrick Goold.
The procedure to repair the labrum in his shoulder will keep him out for the rest of this year and could sideline him well into 2011. It’s common for pitchers having such a surgery to never regain completely their stuff.
The lone bit of good news for Ottavino is that he was pitching in the majors when he hurt his shoulder, meaning he’ll continue to collect the major league minimum salary and service time for the foreseeable future. The 24-year-old, who debuted for St. Louis at the end of May, had an 8.46 ERA in three starts and two relief appearances for the Cardinals before going down.

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