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Peter Moylan Faces Shoulder Surgery, George Sherrill Returns from Injury

September 27th, 2011 at 6:29 PM
By Jonathan McCullough

Atlanta Braves reliever Peter Moylan will have surgery to repair a torn labrum and a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder. A second opinion from renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews confirmed the original diagnosis.

The surgery will likely sideline Moylan for four to six months, but an official timetable will not be known until the surgery actually takes place. The primary purpose of the operation is to clean up Moylan's shoulder, but the doctors will not know the extent of the damage until the surgery.

Moylan has been one of the Braves' most reliable (and hard-working) relievers during his tenure. After appearing in 87 games  in 2009 and 85 games in 2010, injuries have essentially made this a lost season for Moylan. He was forced to undergo back surgery early in the season after just seven appearances. After finally returning from his injury and proving his effectiveness again through six appearances, his shoulder started to bother him and he now finds himself facing surgery.

On the other hand, the Braves received some positive news when George Sherrill was activated from the disabled list. He had not pitched since August 26 with elbow inflammation. With the Phillies' lefty-heavy lineup, Sherrill could be a big piece out of the bullpen in the last two games. 

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, George Sherrill, MLB, Peter Moylan

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