Jon Garland undergoes season-ending shoulder surgery

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Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that Jon Garland underwent season-ending surgery on his right shoulder earlier today. The procedure consisted of clean up of the labrum and bursa and clean up and reinforcement of the rotator cuff.

Garland will begin physical therapy later this week, but is expected to be sidelined for the next six months.

Garland’s one-year, $5 million contract with the Dodgers included a $12 million option for 2012 that would have vested had he logged 190 innings and was not on the disabled list in September due to an arm injury, but he threw a career-low 54 innings over nine starts before landing on the DL in early June. The 31-year-old right-hander will head into free agency again this winter and will almost certainly have to accept an incentive-laden deal to continue his career.

David Phelps to undergo Tommy John surgery

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Pitcher David Phelps has a torn UCL and will undergo Tommy John surgery, ending his 2018 season, the Mariners announced on Wednesday. Phelps was making brief one-inning stints in the Cactus League as he worked his way back from a procedure to remove a bone spur from his elbow last September. He said he felt the ligament tear on his final pitch against the Angels in his March 17 appearance.

Phelps, 31, was expected to set up for closer Edwin Diaz. The right-hander, between the Marlins and Mariners last season, posted a 3.40 ERA with a 62/26 K/BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings. He and the Mariners avoided arbitration in January, agreeing on a $5.55 million salary for the 2018 campaign. Phelps will become eligible to become a free agent at the end of the season.

As the Mariners noted in their statement, the expected recovery period for Tommy John surgery is 12-15 months, so this very likely cuts into Phelps’ 2019 season as well.