Originally written July 10, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
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. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?
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