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Daric Barton has torn shoulder labrum, likely needs surgery

Jul 26, 2011, 5:50 PM EDT

Daric Barton

Five weeks after being demoted to Triple-A by the A’s, first baseman Daric Barton has been diagnosed with a torn labrum in his right shoulder and will visit Dr. James Andrews tomorrow, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Barton called it “a little labrum tear” and “nothing big,” but told Slusser that he’ll likely need season-ending surgery.

He also described the news as somewhat of a “relief” because it may help explain why the 25-year-old former first-round pick followed up a strong 2010 season by hitting just .212 with zero homers and a .592 OPS in 67 games before the demotion.

Surgery sapping power isn’t a huge issue for Barton, who went deep just 10 times in 686 plate appearances last season while hitting .273 with a .393 on-base percentage on the strength of a league-leading 110 walks. Conor Jackson has been the A’s primary first baseman of late, but Barton likely remains atop the long-term depth chart for now at least.

  1. yankeesgameday - Jul 26, 2011 at 6:55 PM

    You nailed four of the five W’s here…what, where, when, and why..

    But seriously, WHO the heck is this guy?

    • clydeserra - Jul 26, 2011 at 9:30 PM

      a 24 year old that out performed MarkTeixeira last year.

      • kingbuccaneer - Jul 27, 2011 at 3:01 AM

        Damn you’re smokin some good stuff..

      • clydeserra - Jul 27, 2011 at 7:44 AM

        Fangraphs WAR and bRef WAR agree with me though.

        Defense counts too.

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