The Atlanta Braves recently placed infielder Ramiro Pena on the disabled list due to a sore shoulder. Now, Pena is slated to get a second opinion on his ailing shoulder, which could require season-ending surgery, according to Mark Bowman of MLB.com.
At this point, the Braves haven't revealed the first opinion Pena received when he was examined on Friday. Bowman notes that the fact that he's seeking a second opinion isn't encouraging, especially considering season-ending surgery could be involved.
Pena has been experiencing discomfort since injuring his shoulder during a June 9 contest against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He dislocated the same shoulder as a minor leaguer in 2007, an injury that had to be repaired surgically.
While Pena isn't a regular for the Braves, he's proven to be an invaluable backup at all infield positions. He's been more known for his defensive abilities, but he's also improved at the plate this season, hitting .278/.330/.443 with nine extra-base hits.
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