Moylan facing surgery for torn rotator cuff and labrum

A visit to Dr. James Andrews on Monday confirmed Peter Moylan’s fears, that he’ll require surgery for a torn rotator cuff and torn labrum in his right shoulder. It’ll be his third major surgery in the past four years.

Moylan had just returned from four months out following May 17 surgery for a bulging disc. He’d made six appearances since returning Sept. 3, going 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA. He went out to play catch Wednesday, the day after inducing a groundout from the one hitter he faced Tuesday night in Florida, and he felt something clicking in his shoulder.

An MRI revealed the tears and the diagnosis was confirmed by Andrews Monday morning in his Birmingham, Ala. office.

Braves general manager Frank Wren said the surgery will require Moylan to miss a minimum of four to six months in recovery time, but it could be more depending on what they find during the surgery.

“It was a small tear in the rotator cuff, small tear in the labrum, and they’re going to also check some other things when they get in there,” Wren said. “It’s hard to truly evaluate until they get in there – how long it’s going to take to recover, what exactly they have to do when they get in there. That’ll tell us.”

Moylan, 32, missed most of the 2008 season following ligament-transplant surgery on his elbow.

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September 26th, 2011
6:44 pm

First….to say good luck Moylan on your recovery.


September 26th, 2011
6:49 pm

almost cried when I first heard the news…. wish Peter the best in his recovery and look forward to his return


September 26th, 2011
7:02 pm

I think he was in Pensacola, not Birmingham.


September 26th, 2011
7:03 pm

Any good news today?


September 26th, 2011
7:04 pm

Since the medical staff knew he had shoulder issues in January, why didn’t they re-examine his shoulder at the same time they did his back surgery? He could have done his shoulder surgery at the same time as his back surgery and done the recovery concurrently.

Seems the medical staff dropped the ball on this one…


September 26th, 2011
7:05 pm

Play Ball! Time to put up or shut up, no excuses. Play with some heart and go get it.

Bobby Bobby

September 26th, 2011
7:08 pm

Sorry to hear this. I think PM’s career is over. While rehabbing back in Orlando he spent time at Disney playing on rides. I had L4-S5 disc nipped. Roller coaster and rides were out for 6 months. I am not making $$$$ to play baseball. He tweets all day starting at 6am ends at game time. Not what Wren wants from a player he is paying big bucks. I know he is popular- a genuine good guy and he interacts with fans. From a baseball point of view you prefer players that focus in and out of season. Braves are stocked with young pitchers. They really do not need him. It is not 2007. It’s 2011 and PM has broken down. As much as Chipper gets hurt; PM should follow Chipper. See how a dedicated athlete does things.

Michael Procton

September 26th, 2011
7:36 pm

BB: “Big bucks?” Are you serious? He’s a whopping 13th on the team in salary. He’ll have a job whenever he comes back.


September 26th, 2011
7:49 pm

best of luck on the return however I think he would make a great sports bar owner Moylan’s Pub he’s quite the card!!


September 26th, 2011
8:39 pm

hey if it turns out to be only a 6 month recovery, do you think moylan will be ready to go by spring training next year?


September 26th, 2011
10:25 pm

Mike Hampton just called and is available if anyone is interested.


September 27th, 2011
12:02 am

Pete is suffering the lingering effects of the abuse and overuse he recieved at the hands of Bobby Cox.

Good luck Pete.


September 27th, 2011
9:20 am

DaveinNEPA is dead right.

Remember Brad Clontz? Led the league in innings pitched in 1996? Then out of the league a few years later.

Now we have three that were abused. Venters #1 in innings pitched, Kimbrel #3, O’Flaherty #5.

But – our genius manager says Pitchers like Venters “Pitch better when their arms are tired”.

Hey – didn’t Venters give up a run again last night? Maybe he needs to be pitched some more!

They will all three be gone in two to three years. What a waste.

Thanks Freddy!


September 27th, 2011
3:08 pm

Mike Hampton should have given up pitching and learned to play the outfield. His bat was good enough.


September 27th, 2011
3:09 pm

Of course, when you’re getting paid a couple billion dollars to pitch, it’s probably not a good idea to tell your manager you’re thinking you’d like to change positions.

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