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Dallas Braden undergoes MRI, only has shoulder inflammation

Apr 20, 2011, 9:25 PM EDT

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The A’s placed left-hander Dallas Braden on the 15-day disabled list earlier this week with discomfort in his throwing shoulder.

On Wednesday, they got a promising diagnosis from orthopedic surgeon Dr. Lewis Yocum.

According to our good friends at CSN Bay Area, an MRI taken of Braden’s left shoulder revealed only inflammation and no structural damage.

He’s still going to miss the next two weeks of action, but Braden will not require surgery and should be cleared to begin a throwing program shortly.

The A’s have already entrusted Braden’s vacant rotation spot to promising 23-year-old right-hander Tyson Ross, who will make his first big league start of the 2011 season on Friday night against the light-hitting Mariners.

Braden left behind a 3.00 ERA and 1.28 WHIP. He should be ready to return by the second week of May.

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