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Dallas Braden, who once twirled a perfect game, to showcase for teams in January

Dec 13, 2013, 10:00 PM EDT

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Lefty Dallas Braden tossed a perfect game against the Rays on Mother’s Day — May 9, 2010. He finished the year with a 3.50 ERA in 192.2 innings, ranking as a solid #3 option in the Athletics’ rotation behind Gio Gonzalez and Trevor Cahill. Following surgery on the anterior capsule in his left shoulder in 2011, and surgery to mend a partial tear of his rotator cuff in 2012, Braden hasn’t tossed a pitch in professional ball since April 16, 2011.

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Braden plans to hold a showcase for interested parties in January in the hopes of attempting a comeback. We have seen pitchers come back in strong form even after spending a year or more out of pro baseball. Scott Kazmir bounced back with the Indians last season after a year in the independent league, and Ryan Vogelsong had a rebirth with the Giants after a three-year gap in his professional career.

  1. yournuts - Dec 13, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    Maybe he will be Arods teammate on the Yankees. Wouldn’t that be poetic justice?

    • mcsnide - Dec 13, 2013 at 10:16 PM

      Maybe he’ll have it in his back yard. That way, it really will be HIS mound.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Dec 13, 2013 at 10:45 PM

        Get off my mound!!!

      • pisano - Dec 14, 2013 at 12:27 AM

        I don’t think trailer parks have pitching mounds.

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 14, 2013 at 7:47 AM

      not in this universe, get off A-Rods nuts!

  2. aceinthehole12 - Dec 13, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    Always like Dallas in the green and gold. Hopefully he gets signed to a team.

  3. dinofrank60 - Dec 13, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    Gio Gonzales and Trevor Cahill; that was a long time ago!!!

  4. dw3dw - Dec 14, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    I hope he makes it back. I remember he had a fantastic pick-off move to first.

  5. xaoc905 - Dec 14, 2013 at 1:38 AM

    Vogelsong pitched three years in Japan and then a year in triple-A before joining the Giants. He was never out of pro ball.

    • clydeserra - Dec 14, 2013 at 4:12 PM

      true, but Braden was not out of baseball for performance reasons, he was out with an injury.

  6. nothanksimdriving123 - Dec 14, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    I’d like to see him record an ERA of 2.09.

  7. billybawl - Dec 16, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    He’s a lefty with ML experience. He’ll get at least a minor league contract from someone. He was never a guy with a blazing fastball anyway.

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