That makes two Toronto Blue Jays pitchers who have had surgical procedures this off-season.
According to Joel Nowak of MLB.com and a press release from the team, Casey Janssen underwent a surgical procedure on November 16th to relieve linger soreness in this throwing arm. The procedure, which involved shaving down a portion at the end of Janssen’s clavicle, was considered a success, and the Blue Jays closer is expected to be ready for Spring Training next season.
As far as shoulder surgeries are concerned, I suppose we can all take heart in that Janssen’s was a minor one – although it’s worth pointing out that he did miss an entire season in 2008 with shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum, and wasn’t fully recovered until a couple of years after (even though Janssen returned – and was hampered by lingering injuries and ineffectiveness – in 2009).
Now, a torn labrum is obviously very different from lingering discomfort in the AC joint, and Janssen showed no signs of being bothered by the pain in his successful campaign as the team’s closer in 2012. While the arthroscopic surgery Janssen had will keep him sidelined from throwing for some time (up to a couple of months, based on past precedent on pitchers recovering from similar procedures), that it’s being done off-season means that the Blue Jays closer can take the time off and still have plenty of time left to be ready for late February.
Janssen wasn’t the only big-league reliever to visit Dr. Neal ElAttrache’s operating table in California this month either; Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Javy Guerra also underwent a similar procedure with the doctor earlier this month, and was given a similar recovery timetable.
Still, I guess it’s a good thing that the team has been relentlessly loading up on bullpen arms, yes?