Moylan set for surgery Monday

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.”

22 comments Add your comment

shoeless annie

September 27th, 2011
8:26 pm

Line Drive

September 27th, 2011
8:33 pm

just another bum anyway

Bobby Bobby

September 27th, 2011
8:34 pm

I think he is gone. Constant tweeting. Talk shows, roller coaster riding while in rehab for his back. Often injured. Seems like a no brainer to me

NorCal Brave

September 27th, 2011
8:38 pm

Who really cares at this point?


September 27th, 2011
8:41 pm

Who cares about Moylan? He will be gone next year. Can we not find more worthy stories to write about, like how Fran Wren built another team that can’t finish and Gonzalez is losing this team?


September 27th, 2011
8:54 pm

Thanks, DOB.


September 27th, 2011
9:01 pm

Never before have so many teams been SOoo happy to come to Atlanta.


September 27th, 2011
9:01 pm

Too much baseball. What’s on you IPod? I need a nap. Nappage. Blogage. Derek Trucks. Smiley face. Thanks, DOB. Seriously.

Hit A Single

September 27th, 2011
9:10 pm

I wish Moylan the best and maybe he will get them to take those sickening tattoos off his arms. He couldn’t have hat crap witht he Yankees.


September 27th, 2011
9:43 pm

If he is willing to come back for league minimum why not he’s worth the risk. When healthy he is a valuable member of the bullpen just staying healthy is the problem. With all the injuries that is about all most teams would offer I would think.

mike mangan

September 27th, 2011
10:14 pm

Keep Moylan and let Curtis Mayfield sing Freddies Dead as Gonzalez has done the most lackluster job I have ever seen.We need a firebrand mgr.out of the Bobby Cox mold.I for one have been totally disappointed with Fredi…Am I alone or are their others out there who feel the same way I do ?????

Line Drive

September 27th, 2011
10:42 pm

I am with you Mike Mangan, FWIW


September 27th, 2011
10:44 pm

No you are not alone. I can still Bobby sitting there in the dugout, finger in nose.

Line Drive

September 27th, 2011
10:48 pm

Its apparent the brain trust of this club inspires gagging on the field


September 27th, 2011
10:56 pm

Moylan you made more money on DL than pitching goodbye wont miss you plus your the ugliest guy in MLB.


September 27th, 2011
11:03 pm

nice guy, but he matters not right now. starting pitching and offense is our issue

Mike McDonald

September 28th, 2011
2:47 am

Never saw a sidewinder who could stay healthy with all the torque tthey generate, For much of his career with the Braves, Moylan’s call ro pitch struck fear among this viewer akin to Linebrink and Sherrill. As a Scott Boras client, I expect the Braves will pass on him next year, and justifiably so.


September 28th, 2011
8:46 am

If he stopped the side to side action with his humerus bone he would not need the surgery. With the surgery he is done. Another needless injury.

Ron The Baptist

September 28th, 2011
12:03 pm

I also agree with Mike Mangan, excellent observation. Fredi sits on the dugout lifeless,I haven’t seen a team like the Braves that goes thru stretches of not hitting, normally one or two guys are in hitting funks, with the Braves hitting woes, they go for month or so at a time without any kind of offensive output

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September 29th, 2011
8:21 am

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September 29th, 2011
1:29 pm

What does the Atlanta Braves a UGA Football have in common? They both choked and their seasons are over. Yes UGA fan have fun at the Music City bowl in Tennessee.

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