|Written by Michael Patrick|
Bet on the MLBThe Oakland A's management announced Wednesday that starting pitcher Dallas Braden will undergo surgery to repair his left shoulder.
Braden, who is suffering from a torn capsule in his throwing shoulder, will likely forego the remainder of the season, but there is the possibility that he may return if he responds well to both the surgery and the therapy. However, the A's are remaining optimistic about Braden's return.
“We are aware that he could be out for an extended period of time,” said assistant general manager David Frost. “At the same time, it doesn't do anyone any good to say anything until we know for sure.”
Mets pitcher Johan Santana had the same surgery last September and has yet to return to the rotation in New York, so it is possible that a return this season could be wishful thinking on the part of the A's management. However, Mets medical director Davis Altcheck, who will be performing the surgery, informed us that each individual case is different and everything is dependent on Braden's response to therapy.
In Braden's absence, right hander Tyson Ross is expected to fill into the A's rotation. Braden has had three consecutive strong outings, posting a 2.51 ERA and only allowing 1 earned run per outing in the last three. It has been numbers like this that have placed the A's at the top of the league in ERA. They are giving up a skimpy 2.69 runs per game as a staff. Even though Braden's loss will hurt, the A's will undoubtedly still remain dominant in terms of runs allowed.
The A's are currently 19-18 so far this year. Their last game was a 7-2 loss to the Texas Rangers on Tuesday, May 10. They next play the Chicago White Sox in a three-game series at home starting on May 13 and finishing up May 15. Oakland is tied with the Rangers and 1.5 games behind the LA Angels.