OAKLAND, CA - MAY 19: Dallas Braden #51 of the Oakland Athletics leaves the field with the trainer after getting injured in the seventh inning of their game against the Detroit Tigers at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on May 19, 2010 in Oakland, California. Braden injured himself on the play and was taken out of the game. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Dallas Braden's hopes of a September return to Oakland Athletics rotation have been dashed as the left-hander will have to undergo a second "exploratory" operation to repair his left shoulder capsule, reports Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle:
It’s bad news, unfortunately, for Dallas Braden, who had hoped to make a few starts in September for the A’s but whose left shoulder has not responded as hoped after surgery in May 2011 to repair the capsule.
He will have more surgery; Melvin termed it "exploratory."
Braden, 29, was moving well through his recovery and had graduated to bullpen sessions by late July, but was shut down after feeling bothered by the shoulder. The crafty left-hander has not thrown in the big leagues since mid-April of last season.
No timetable can be set for Braden's return as the recovery time from a capsule injury---the same malady that saw Johan Santana miss a season and a half---can vary wildly.
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