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Kyle McClellan undergoes season-ending shoulder surgery

Jul 12, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

Kyle McLellan throwing

Kyle McClellan has been on the disabled list since mid-May with a strained elbow, but Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the Cardinals right-hander recently underwent season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder.

As recently as six weeks ago doctors told McClellan that he could avoid elbow surgery and rest the injury instead, but according to Hummel doctors now believe the elbow pain actually stemmed from “the arm compensating for the tear and irritation in the shoulder.”

So it’s not quite as if he suffered the shoulder injury while trying to come back from the elbow injury, but … well, that probably doesn’t make McClellan or the Cardinals feel any better about the whole situation. McClellan had been hoping to return next month, but instead he’ll miss the rest of this season and likely the first half of next season.

Prior to struggling this season McClellan threw 359 innings with a 3.61 ERA for the Cardinals, primarily working out of the bullpen.

  1. okwhitefalcon - Jul 12, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    Too bad for McClellan/Cards although I don’t think they were counting on him too much anyway after
    he was initially diagnosed before the latest setback.

    Waiting for the other shoe to drop on Garcia in the next few weeks as well, most in the STL media who usually have a good idea where things like this are going seem to be feeling a full on shutdown and surgery are on the horizon.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 13, 2012 at 10:44 AM

      Sure hope that isn’t the case for Jaime. Otherwise, they are done.
      Barring unforeseen spending from the Front Office anyway.

      • okwhitefalcon - Jul 13, 2012 at 3:52 PM

        Listening to Joe Strauss this morning, paraphrasing his Garcia info:

        “No one in the Cardinal organization expects Jaime to have any positive contribution to the club this year.”

        Very telling.

  2. okwhitefalcon - Jul 13, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    More info on the Cards feeling on Shelby Miller as well, again paraphrasing:

    “They haven’t soured on him but are definitely gauging his value within the trade market, no longer untouchable by any means.”

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 13, 2012 at 4:01 PM

      I would hate to see him come back to bite us with the Brewers.
      But they need to do whatever they can to land Greinke!

      • okwhitefalcon - Jul 13, 2012 at 5:06 PM

        Greinke was mentioned as being a virtual impossible target unless absolutely overwhelmed with the likes of Miller, anoher top tier prospect and a major league player.

        There’s no way the Brewers will deal within the division unless an offer as the above is made and there’s no way the Cards make that deal for a rental.

        King Felix on the other hand? In a minute.

        Too bad the Mariners seem unwilling to discuss him.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 13, 2012 at 5:10 PM

      Yeah…trading within the division is neve a good idea. We would probably get burned by Shelby in the next couple of years anyway. Felix would be great. It appears the Mariners are keeping him for the sole reason he is the only draw they have (with Irchiro aging).

      • okwhitefalcon - Jul 13, 2012 at 6:01 PM

        They also mentioned Brewers GM Doug Melvin and Reds GM Walt Jocketty’s close personal friendship being a barrier which I thought was a litlle far fetched, but who knows really.

        I’m not off the Miller bandwagon by any means but I don’t think he’s one of those “come back and bite you” kind of guys, I still wouldn’t deal him for a rental in any situation though – especially within the division.

        Matt Adams is another that’s been “in play” according to some.

        Left handed hitting machine who’s more than likely blocked by Allen Craig, speculation in STL is he’s far from untouchable in the right deal, maybe better suited long run in the AL anyway.

        I can’t say I wouldn’t be on board for a Miller/Adams package straight up for The King but that’s fantasy league rhetoric, never gonna happen.

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