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MLB Injury News:
There is bad news for San Diego Padres pitcher Clayton Richard. His season is over after just 12 games. MLB.com's Corey Brock and Jamal Collier report that Richard will undergo season-ending surgery very close to his left shoulder next week; an exact day is not yet known.
#Padres Clayton Richard to have season-ending surgery on his left shoulder. Not as bad as it could have been, though. http://t.co/OjstkmFHM3
— Corey Brock (@FollowThePadres) July 12, 2013
Richard's MRI revealed no structural damage to the shoulder itself, which will make his recovery easier. According to Brock and Collier, the problem lies on the acromioclavicular (AC) joint where the shoulder and clavicle meet. The procedure will involve shaving down Richard's clavicle to give him more flexibility when he begins throwing again in the future.
MLB Injury News' medical expert Dr. Ray Salono explains what most likely led to Richard's injury. He also says the Richard's career looks bright:
"Shoulder problems in pitchers are usually related to the rotator cuff muscles or the labrum. These are soft tissue structures that help stabilize the shoulder during the throwing motion. Luckily for Clayton Richard, his shoulder pain is related to the acromioclavicular joint (or AC joint). The AC joint is located on top of the shoulder, where the distal end of the clavicle (or collarbone) meets the acromion.
When the arm is used overhead, the AC joint is under stress. Frequently pitchers will develop arthritis in the joint, usually from repetitive throwing. Over time, this arthritis is what restricts movement patterns when pitching. Surgery to repair has been shown to be highly effective. Expect Clayton Richard to return to play with improved biomechanics."
-- Dr. Ray Solano, Twitter: @DrRaySolano
Richard last pitched on June 21 but left the game after two pitches. He ends his season at 2-5 with a 7.01 ERA. The injury may explain his poor performance considering he has a respectable career record of 44-42, 4.13, coming into the season.
The Padres have moved Richard to the 60-day disabled list and recalled right-hander Sean O'Sullivan to take his spot on the roster and start Friday in San Francisco. He last pitched in the Majors in 2011 for the Kansas City Royals. He has a career record of 10-14, 6.13 ERA, in three seasons.
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