A’s left-hander Dallas Braden underwent surgery nearly 11 months ago to repair a torn anterior capsule in his throwing shoulder. And it’s now a certainty that his recovery will take over a year.
According to Carl Steward of the San Jose Mercury News, Braden suffered a shoulder strain while playing catch last week at the A’s spring training complex and has been shut down indefinitely.
The 28-year-old was aiming to return sometime in early May, but he’ll likely have to restart his throwing program if the strain was at all severe, which could push his return timetable beyond the All-Star break.
Braden has posted a 3.36 ERA and 1.24 WHIP in his past 55 major league starts. He threw a perfect game against the Rays on May 9, 2010 and finished that season with the best numbers of his career.
There’s a saying that goes “nothing good ever happens after 2AM.” It can also be said that nothing good ever happens after, say, week 5 or 6 of spring training.
Today, for instance, are a lot of inconsequential games. Those are neutral. Then there are a rash of these sorts of incidents which just went down today, all of which are bad:
Archer seems to be OK for now. Moncada walked off his thing and went back into the game. We’re still waiting to hear on Bumgarner and Ichiro. If there is anything serious with them we’ll update as we learn things.
But really, guys: Spring Training is too long. Even in a year like this one, when it’s a tad shorter than usual because of an early start to the regular season. Everyone who was gonna get their timing down well enough to make a big league roster has already done so. If someone isn’t healthy and in playing shape now, they’re not gonna be six days from now for Opening Day. The cake, as they say, is baked.
All that can happen is possessed-by-the-devil baseballs attacking unsuspecting players and injuring them in meaningless exhibitions. Let’s cease all baseball now until the regular season starts. Out of an abundance of caution.