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Dallas Braden will not travel to Japan for A’s opening series

Mar 15, 2012, 12:51 PM EDT

Athletics pitcher Dallas Braden throws during their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

This season officially begins later this month when the A’s play a two-game series against the Mariners in Japan, but left-hander Dallas Braden will not make the trip with the team as he recovers from shoulder surgery.

Braden threw 45 pitches in a bullpen session yesterday, but told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle that “it would behoove me to stay here” and continue his rehab schedule uninterrupted.

Braden underwent surgery on May 17 of last season and according to Slusser the A’s are targeting mid-May for his return to the rotation, but he still has plenty of hurdles to clear first and has yet to throw off-speed pitches from a mound. There’s obviously a spot waiting for Braden in the A’s rebuilt rotation, but at this point counting on him for more than 20 starts is probably wishful thinking.

  1. randygnyc - Mar 15, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    A-Rod was right. This guy is a nobody. Outside of 3 hours, he won’t be remembered by anyone, including guys that played with him.

    • jlove42 - Mar 15, 2012 at 3:41 PM

      So…. he will be remembered?

  2. Jeremiah Graves - Mar 15, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    In reality he’s staying behind to defend his mound and ensure that no one dares tread upon the lands of Bradenia!

  3. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Mar 15, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    Well if you can’t ignore a good…behoof?

  4. APBA Guy - Mar 15, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    Remember those self improvement fads, including “learn a new word each day”? That fad just reached the 209.

    • clydeserra - Mar 15, 2012 at 4:30 PM

      Come on APAB Guy, you follow the A’s. you know Dallas Braden is a lot more articulate than his national reputation.

      • APBA Guy - Mar 15, 2012 at 6:31 PM

        True facts, and he’s very generous with his time and the MLB money that he makes, pre-free agency.

        But “behooves” is just too archaic to pass on.

  5. pisano - Mar 15, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    It’s a good thing he’s staying behind, I’d hate to let our Asian friends see what a total whack job this guy is.

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