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.