Pitching prospect Berry doubtful for start of minor league season
Right-handed pitcher Ryan Berry, the Orioles’ ninth best prospect according to Baseball America, will have a ganglion cyst drained from his right shoulder tomorrow and is unlikely to be ready for the start of the minor league season.
Berry, 22, went a combined 2-5 with a 3.22 ERA in 25 games (20 starts) between Single-A Delmarva and Single-A Frederick last season. He was tentatively scheduled to begin the season at Double-A Bowie, but he’ll likely be behind his other teammates.
The cyst, according to Orioles Director of Player Development John Stockstill, is “associated” with the shoulder injury that Berry had as a collegian at Rice University. Berry was considered first or second-round talent but a strained shoulder in the spring before the 2009 draft caused him to fall into the ninth round, where the Orioles selected him and signed him to an above slot $417,600 deal.
Berry has been shutdown for the last seven to 10 days after having some shoulder discomfort. An arthrogram taken Monday revealed the cyst. Team officials are hoping that Berry will be able to resume throwing next week.