Dallas Braden had his shoulder operated on for the second time in 18 months and the news wasn’t good.
Braden went under the knife for “exploratory” surgery and doctors found a torn rotator cuff, which is a different injury that the torn capsule he had repaired in early 2011.
In fact, A’s trainer Nick Paparesta told Joe Stiglich of the San Jose Mercury News that Braden’s rotator cuff was intact when doctors examined him prior to that 2011 procedure “so the assumption is Braden tore his rotator cuff while trying to come back from the first surgery.”
Braden made history in 2010 by throwing a perfect game on Mother’s Day, but he hasn’t pitched since April of 2011 and while no official timetable for his return has been announced yet Braden is unlikely to pitch at all next year even if he can avoid further setbacks. He’s being paid $3.35 million this season, so Oakland is all but guaranteed to non-tender him before another round of arbitration.
The Astros have released first baseman Jon Singleton, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Singleton, 26, was suspended for 100 games after testing positive for a drug of abuse for a third time. He has had issues with marijuana in the post and admitted to being a drug addict several years ago. He said, “At this point it’s pretty evident to me that I’m a drug addict. I don’t openly tell everyone that, but it’s pretty apparent to myself. I know that I enjoy smoking weed, I enjoy being high and I can’t block that out of my mind that I enjoy that. So I have to work against that.”
Singleton played parts of two seasons in the majors in 2014-15 with the Astros, batting a combined .171/.290/.331 with 14 home runs and 50 RBI in — appropriately — 420 plate appearances. He spent 2016 with Triple-A Fresno and 2017 with Double-A Corpus Christi, putting up middling numbers.
If he can convince teams he’s still actively working to overcome his addiction, Singleton may be able to find an opportunity elsewhere. But his road back to the majors remains long. He was once a top prospect in the Phillies’ system, then was traded to the Astros in the Hunter Pence deal back in July 2011.