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Dallas Braden to undergo another shoulder surgery

Aug 14, 2012, 7:50 PM EDT

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Dallas Braden hasn’t pitched in a major league game since April 16, 2011. And now his absence will stretch into the 2013 campaign.

According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, Athletics manager Bob Melvin said this afternoon that Braden will undergo a second surgery on his left shoulder.

Braden has been sidelined all season following surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule muscle in his left shoulder last May. The 29-year-old left-hander was still hoping to return in September as of a month ago, but his shoulder simply hasn’t responded as hoped. Melvin said that he’s set for “exploratory” surgery, so the extent of the damage isn’t yet known.

Braden owns a 4.16 ERA over parts of five seasons in the majors. He had a 3.50 ERA over 30 starts with the Athletics in 2010, a season highlighted by his perfect game against the Rays on Mother’s Day.

Braden is under team control through 2013, but it’s worth noting that he earned $3.35 million this season in arbitration. Given his shoulder issues, it could be a tough call to tender him a contract this winter.

  1. sjsharksfan11 - Aug 14, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    Who cares? It not like he’s good anyways. The trailer trash had one flash in the pan game in his career.

    • cwg46and2 - Aug 14, 2012 at 9:24 PM

      Scum like you would be the reason I never want SJ to have the A’s.

  2. biasedhomer - Aug 14, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    He was looking like a future top of the rotation anchor for the A’s.

    It was only a little while ago when Braden, Anderson, Gio, and Cahill looked like the best young pitching rotation in baseball. Now Gio and Cahill are gone and Braden and Anderson have yet to pitch this year.

  3. cwg46and2 - Aug 14, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    Get well, Brother. Oakland will always back you.

  4. randygnyc - Aug 14, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    I still can’t get over his thug trash talking immediately following his impressive perfect game. No one likes a sore loser. It definetely tarnished that legacy game. He lost more fans than he earned that day.

  5. randygnyc - Aug 14, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    Sore winner!!!
    E D I T B U T T O N, P L E A S E ! ! !

  6. mybrunoblog - Aug 14, 2012 at 11:05 PM

    Another guy who threw a perfecto or a no no and may have ruined his career.

  7. APBA Guy - Aug 15, 2012 at 12:38 AM

    This is not good. Despite the clown (or is it klown) comments, Braden is well liked in the clubhouse and was extremely valuable in developing Gio to his current level.

    Look, shoulder surgery is much more problematic than elbow surgery. But the worst part about this is that the scheduled surgery is listed as exploratory, meaning we’re not sure what’s wrong. Best wishes.

  8. pisano - Aug 15, 2012 at 1:10 AM

    This guys done way too much crystal, the drug of choice in the trailer park.

  9. cwg46and2 - Aug 15, 2012 at 7:39 AM

    Who the hell are you people? Is this a giants blog or something?

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