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Exploratory surgery on Dallas Braden finds torn rotator cuff

Aug 28, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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Dallas Braden had his shoulder operated on for the second time in 18 months and the news wasn’t good.

Braden went under the knife for “exploratory” surgery and doctors found a torn rotator cuff, which is a different injury that the torn capsule he had repaired in early 2011.

In fact, A’s trainer Nick Paparesta told Joe Stiglich of the San Jose Mercury News that Braden’s rotator cuff was intact when doctors examined him prior to that 2011 procedure “so the assumption is Braden tore his rotator cuff while trying to come back from the first surgery.”

Braden made history in 2010 by throwing a perfect game on Mother’s Day, but he hasn’t pitched since April of 2011 and while no official timetable for his return has been announced yet Braden is unlikely to pitch at all next year even if he can avoid further setbacks. He’s being paid $3.35 million this season, so Oakland is all but guaranteed to non-tender him before another round of arbitration.

  1. itsacurse - Aug 28, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Maybe he tore it when A-Rod dared come onto his mound.

  2. APBA Guy - Aug 28, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    Ouch, another year lost to injury.

  3. kevinleaptrot - Aug 28, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    That’s the same injury (torn shoulder capsule) from which Chien-Ming Wang is still trying to recover (with sporadic success). He may well be done. Good luck Dallas.

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