The Atlanta Braves’ bullpen took another hit yesterday, as
right-handed reliever Cristhian Martinez underwent season-ending surgery on his
ailing shoulder, according to Mark Bowman of MLB.com.
Martinez has been battling shoulder issues nearly the entire
season, as he only made two appearances for Atlanta prior to hitting the
disabled list. It appeared he would rejoin the Braves at some point this year,
but Bowman notes Atlanta began sensing the issue could be more significant when
Martinez told the team last week that he
was still dealing with shoulder discomfort.
This sense was unfortunately proven correct yesterday, as
Martinez underwent season-ending surgery on his shoulder. The procedure –
during which damage was cleaned around Martinez’s labrum and rotator cuff – was
completed by Dr. James Andrews. The operation carries with it a recovery
timeframe of seven to eight months.
Martinez has been a solid contributor for the Braves over
the past two seasons, posting an ERA and WHIP of 3.63 and 1.150 over 100
appearances from 2011-12. He becomes Atlanta’s third reliever – also including
Jonny Venters and Eric O'Flaherty – to undergo season-ending surgery this year.
As a result, the Braves are expected to pursue bullpen upgrades on the trade
market this summer.
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