After getting second and third opinions on his injury, including a trip to see Dr. James Andrews, the A’s announced today that Dallas Braden will undergo surgery to repair a torn capsule in his left shoulder.
There’s no official timetable yet for his return, but a torn shoulder capsule is the same injury that wrecked Chien-Ming Wang’s career and has recently sidelined Pedro Feliciano and Chris Young.
At the very least Braden won’t be pitching again in 2011 and his status for 2012 is in serious question.
Braden, who pitched a perfect game on May 9 of last year and also made headlines for his spat with Alex Rodriguez over ownership of the mound in Oakland, has a 4.16 ERA in 491 career innings and will be 28 years old in August. Tyson Ross will continue to take Braden’s spot in the A’s rotation after allowing just six runs over 24 innings in his first four starts.
Today’s play of the day wasn’t made by a professional athlete. Rather, it was made by a fan in the second deck on the first base side at Miller Park during Thursday afternoon’s game between the Diamondbacks and Brewers.
Phil Gosselin fouled off a 1-1 fastball from Will Smith to the right side. A fan wearing purple — perhaps in support of the D-Backs? — leaned over the railing of the second deck and snagged the ball with her bucket hat.
The Brewers beat the Diamondbacks 6-4. They took three games out of the four-game series. Heading into the August 1 non-waiver trade deadline, they’ll host the Pirates for three games.
The Royals announced on Thursday evening that reliever Luke Hochevar has been placed on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to July 25) as he’s showing signs of thoracic outlet syndrome, MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports. Reliever Brooks Pounders has been recalled from Triple-A Omaha.
Thoracic outlet syndrome, simply put, is the compression of blood vessels and nerves between the neck and the shoulder. As we’ve seen lately, the fix for this often involves surgery to remove the pitcher’s upper rib.
Hochevar, 32, has compiled a 3.86 ERA with a 40/9 K/BB ratio in 37 1/3 innings. The right-hander, who can become a free agent after the season if either he or the Royals decline his 2017 option, was a potential trade candidate recently mentioned by Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball.