The Atlanta Braves received a double dose of bad news for their pitching staff again Friday, when Peter Moylan was diagnosed with a torn labrum and rotator cuff, and when Tommy Hanson exited his instructional league start after only two innings due to shoulder soreness.
Moylan, who was out from April 14 to Sept. 5 due to surgery on a herniated disk in his back, was diagnosed with a torn labrum and torn rotator cuff after an MRI exam. He felt discomfort in his shoulder throwing before Tuesday's game against the Florida Marlins, though he had thrown only three pitches to one batter in Monday's game.
"He felt great when he got done with Monday night's game," Fredi Gonzalez said. "But he said he felt something clicking the next day."
Moylan will visit the dreaded and prestigious Dr. James Andrews on Monday for a second opinion on surgery that would cause him to miss at least a significant portion or even all of the 2012 season.
The Braves will now give Kris Medlen the opportunity to take Moylan's spot on the roster. Medlen has not appeared in a Major League game this year after having Tommy John surgery a year ago.
Hanson also left his instructional league start after just two innings and 41 pitches on Friday. The goal was for him to throw three or four innings.
Hanson has not pitched since Aug. 6 due to shoulder discomfort that has been diagnosed as normal wear and tear. The Braves had originally hoped he could return in time for the National League Division Series.
Gonzalez has not ruled out Hanson pitching in Wednesday's regular season finale with the Philadelphia Phillies if the Braves have clinched the Wild Card. He will be evaluated during a bullpen session Sunday first, however.
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