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Danny Hultzen has shoulder surgery to repair labrum, partially torn rotator cuff

Post by Ryan Divish on Oct. 1, 2013 at 5:26 pm with 3 Comments »
October 2, 2013 1:34 am

Some disappointing news for the Mariners today as they announced that Danny Hultzen underwent surgery on Monday afternoon on his left shoulder performed by Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Florida.

The surgery cleaned up the labrum and a partial tear of the rotator cuff, and repaired the capsule.

Hultzen will spend time recovering from the surgery, and will begin rehab as soon as allowed. There is no timetable at this time for his return to the mound. But it won’t be short.

“This is very unfortunate for Danny and his family, but we have nothing but high hopes for a good recovery and rehab,” general manager Jack Zduriencik. “Danny is a tireless worker and will do everything he can to get back on the mound to start competing again.”

Hultzen, 23, made seven minor league starts during the 2013 season, combining to go 5-1 with a 2.02 ERA (8 ER, 35.2 IP). He made his last appearance Sept. 1 for the Tacoma Rainiers (2.0 innings), after missing most of the second half of the Triple-A season.

In two minor league seasons Hultzen has combined to go 14-8 with a 2.82 ERA in 32 starts. He was the No. 2 overall selection in the June 2011 MLB Amateur Draft out of the University of Virginia. He entered this season as the No. 18 overall prospect in baseball by MLB.com.

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  1. wabubba67 says:

    This is a real bummer. I briefly met Hultzen and some of his family before an Arizona Fall League game last. They were genuinely gracious and humble people. It was fun to see Hultzen enjoy signing autographs for kids (and some adults) and then to pose with his dad for a picture. Hoping that he can do the same some day in Seattle.

  2. Makes me glad that the trade for Justin Upton didn’t pan out. Z and the scouts have done a good job of drafting and developing high-ceiling pitching talent, but there are no guarantees, esp. when it comes to injuries. I am hoping that Hultzen kills it in rehab and comes back in 2015 strong. Unfortunately this all but guarantees we don’t see him in Seattle until 2016, at the earliest.

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