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Clayton Richard needs season-ending shoulder surgery

Jul 12, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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Padres left-hander Clayton Richard has been on the disabled list since exiting his June 21 start after just two pitches and next week he’ll undergo season-ending shoulder surgery.

Corey Brock of MLB.com has the details on the operation, writing that Richard “will have surgery to essentially shave down part of his left clavicle so he doesn’t encounter future problems with his acromioclavicular joint.” That sounds all kinds of not fun, but the good news is that Richard’s actual shoulder doesn’t have any structural damage (like, for instance, a torn labrum).

Last season Richard allowed the most hits and most homers in the NL while striking out the league’s fewest batters per nine innings, but he still posted a nice-looking 3.99 ERA thanks to calling Petco Park home. This year’s final line: 2-5 with a 7.01 ERA in 53 innings. Richard is making $5.24 million this season and is arbitration eligible again next year, but he seems likely to be non-tendered.

  1. scottychicago - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    even with some injuries, the white sox easily won the Jake peavy trade. once Richard is gone, SD will have none of the 4 prospects they traded for.

    • gloccamorra - Jul 12, 2013 at 10:48 PM

      But the Padres won the salary dump. Peavy was signed to a back-loaded contract and the Padres knew they couldn’t afford the later years. They got a pitching triple crown and Cy Young Award winner cheap, and moved the big bucks to the White Sox, getting a serviceable lefty for a few years in the bargain. Win-win?

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