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Mariners prospect Danny Hultzen has shoulder surgery, likely out for 2014

Oct 2, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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Instead of making his big-league debut this year Mariners pitching prospect and former No. 2 overall pick Danny Hultzen missed most of the season with a shoulder injury and now he’ll likely miss all of next season too.

Hultzen underwent surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff and labrum damage in his shoulder, which is basically the worst-case scenario for a pitcher. He entered this season ranked as a top-30 prospect by Baseball America and MLB.com, but made just six starts before being shut down at Triple-A.

Initially the Mariners described his shoulder problems as “minor” but last week general manager Jack Zduriencik encouraged Hultzen to see Dr. Andrews for a second opinion because the team doctor “doesn’t like what he sees.”

  1. neoshweaty - Oct 2, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    That’s not good news at all. Hope he can come back from this but shoulders are usually such a bad place for a pitcher to get hurt. Good luck. I sort of like the Mariners and was hoping to see a winning team with him and their other prospects on it soon.

  2. numbskull111 - Oct 2, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Sad to hear this. I got to see him pitch while at UVA and he was dominant.

    The only slightly positive note is that he was also the best hitter on the UVA team….so if this turns out poorly for him on the mound…he may have hope as a position player (ala Rick Ankiel) down the road. (I hope that isn’t the case and he enjoys 20 season on the mound.)

    Praying for a full and speedy recovery for him.

    • APBA Guy - Oct 2, 2013 at 4:39 PM

      Wahoowa, bro. When I was there the baseball team was terrible. It’s been a thrill to follow them from a distance now that they are much improved.

      Best wishes to Hultzen for a full recovery.

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