Dallas Braden Injury: Another Shoulder Surgery Required

The news for Oakland Athletics pitcher Dallas Braden has gone from bad to worse as CSN Bay Area is reporting that the A's left-hander will unfortunately undergo another shoulder surgery in the upcoming weeks.

Braden's recovery has been slow from his first shoulder surgery back on May 17, 2011 to repair a torn anterior capsule in his pitching shoulder. Skipper Bob Melvin noted that the lefty will have an exploratory surgery instead of a reconstructive one, and no date for the procedure has been set.

Braden, 29 hasn't seen major league action since April 16, 2011, though has been on a solid throwing program and seemed to return to the mound. He had been throwing bullpen sessions of up to 40 pitches, throwing all his pitches, including off-speed.

With the stiff competition coming out of the A's Triple-A team in Stockton and the status of his health long-term, Braden could have already pitched his last game in a Oakland uniform. Let's hope it doesn't come to that.

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