Reliever Peter Moylan got the best-case scenario when Dr. James Andrews said his shoulder surgery would only require six months’ recovery. Moylan is hoping that means he could return to action in spring training.
He will undergo arthroscopic surgery on Monday performed by Braves orthopedist Dr. Xavier Duralde, who gave him his initial diagnosis of tears in his rotator cuff and labrum.
An MRI last January first revealed a rotator cuff tear but Moylan was able to manage it with cortisone shots. That changed six outings into his return from back surgery.
“They’ve got to clean up the labrum and the cuff, and it should be about six months,” Moylan said. “As soon as you hear shoulder, the first thing I thought was every other guy who’s ever had to have a shoulder completely repaired has been out for 12 to 18 months. I was fearing the worst.”
As it is, Moylan said he could be playing catch in as soon as three months.
Whether his return is with Atlanta is yet to be seen. He’s entering his final year of arbitration eligibility. The Braves are likely to non-tender him, as he stands to get a raise from his one-year $2 million salary, but they could opt to try to sign him for less.
“Obviously I love playing here,” said Moylan, who was a pharmaceutical sales rep when the Braves signed him off the Australian World Baseball Classic team. “I love the organization. Where that leads me contract-wise I really don’t know.….(But) I love this team, always have, always will.”