Berken has tear in labrum, rotator cuff inflammation; 2nd opinion likely (Updated)
Reliever Jason Berken, the Orioles best pitcher in the first half, could miss the rest of the season after a magnetic resonance imaging showed a tear in his right labrum and some rotator cuff inflammation.
"At this point, they think that surgery won't be necessary, which is a good thing," Berken said. "There's some time now for some good rest. I'll be shut down for a little while. If that calms everything down, at some point, I'll start the rehab process."
Berken will get a second opinion later this week, likely from New York Mets team physician Dr. David Altchek.
Berken was put on the disabled list today and Rick VandenHurk, who was acquired from the Florida Marlins for Will Ohman on July 31, was promoted from Triple-A Norfolk.
It's too early to tell if Berken will pitch again this season, but obviously, there's only a month and a half left and the Orioles aren't going to rush things.
"It's a matter of how I respond to it," Berken said. "I'm going to take some good time off and see how my shoulder reacts to that time off. The last thing I want to do is rush back and make things worse. I'm going to be smart about it. Get after my rehab and move forward."
Berken said it wasn't a severe tear, but the MRI obviously showed a little more than just the standard wear-and-tear.
"Hopefully, I can just rehab through this and come back stronger next year," he said. "It's not a clean tear. If surgery isn't necessary, it can't be too extreme, but I've just got to stay positive, work through it and move forward."