Dallas Bradens woes, already unfortunate, havesignificantly worsened.The As left-hander had exploratory surgery on his shoulder,which revealed Braden had a torn rotator cuff, Hardball Talk reported. Bradenhasnt pitched since April 2011 after having surgery to repair a torn capsule.Braden may now miss all of next season while his rotatorcuff recovers, meaning he could go nearly three full seasons without pitching.Rotator cuff tears also have the potential to be career ending.As head athletic trainer Nick Paparesta told the San JoseMercury News that Bradens rotator cuff was fine when he had the surgery forthe torn capsule. He therefore likely tore the rotator cuff while trying tocomeback from the first surgery.Braden threw a perfect game on Mothers Day in 2010 and hada 3.50 ERA that year. In 18 innings in 2011, Braden allowed six earned runs andhad a 1-1 record.The 29-year-old, who has spent his entire career with the As,is earning 3.35 million this season and is up for arbitration at the end ofthis year.
Report: Braden has torn rotator cuff
August 28, 2012, 6:53 pm