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Rehabbing in the 209: Dallas Braden set for shoulder surgery

May 11, 2011, 3:16 PM EDT

Dallas Braden throwing

After getting second and third opinions on his injury, including a trip to see Dr. James Andrews, the A’s announced today that Dallas Braden will undergo surgery to repair a torn capsule in his left shoulder.

There’s no official timetable yet for his return, but a torn shoulder capsule is the same injury that wrecked Chien-Ming Wang‘s career and has recently sidelined Pedro Feliciano and Chris Young.

At the very least Braden won’t be pitching again in 2011 and his status for 2012 is in serious question.

Braden, who pitched a perfect game on May 9 of last year and also made headlines for his spat with Alex Rodriguez over ownership of the mound in Oakland, has a 4.16 ERA in 491 career innings and will be 28 years old in August. Tyson Ross will continue to take Braden’s spot in the A’s rotation after allowing just six runs over 24 innings in his first four starts.

  1. APBA Guy - May 11, 2011 at 4:07 PM

    In the Battle of the Team Physicians, this injury is of less direct import to the A’s as long as they don’t have another injury to the starting staff. The reason obviously is the above mentioned Tyson Ross who has better stuff than Braden, though probably lacks his bulldog mentatlity, a mentality that is very useful at the major league level. Indirectly, the Braden injury will be a problem for Gio who has relied on Braden’s whisperings for encouragement and morale boosts to very positive effect. Without Braden in the dugout Gio will have to find his own way, and in so doing, there have so far been uneven results.

    The winner in all of this is the Angels, who appear to be doing what was predicted: moving into the vacuum created by the injuries within the A’s and the Rangers. The A’s have so far been a .500 team and it is by no means certain that the team will make the necessary moves to bolster the offense. Texas expects to get Josh and Cruz back in a few weeks, and perhaps Tommy Hunter, but the former two are always at risk for additional injury, and Borbon and Murphy simply can’t replace one or both of the starting OF’s.

    The Angels look like they could back into the AL West, which is exactly how they drew it up. But best wishes from us A’s fans to Braden for as speedy and complete a recovery as he can make. Nobody outside NorCal likes him, but he’s our guy, and his perfect game was certainly the highlight of the A’s under the Wolfe/Fisher (Angelos-lite) ownership group.

  2. uuddlrlrbastart - May 11, 2011 at 6:50 PM

    Is the torn shoulder capsule the pitching equivalent of an oblique strain? I had never even heard of a shoulder capsule until last year.

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