Klein to have season-ending shoulder surgery
Dan Klein, the Orioles' third-round pick last year and one of the organization’s top pitching prospects, will have surgery tomorrow on his right shoulder. That decision came after the 23-year-old reliever met with renowned orthopedist Dr. Lewis Yocum today in California.
Dr. Yocum will perform tomorrow's surgery. Klein was diagnosed with a SLAP tear in his right labrum in June. The team isn't exactly sure how long Klein will be out because that will depend largely on what Dr. Yocum finds during the surgery.
"In all likelihood, we’ll have him right back in Sarasota depending on how the surgery goes," Orioles director of player development John Stockstill said. "We’ll start a rehab program, and hopefully he’ll be ready for next year. But we won’t have a timetable until we know how extensive the surgery is."
Klein was a combined 3-1 with a 1.11 ERA between Single-A Frederick and Double-A Bowie, allowing 23 hits and six walks while striking out 37 batters in 32 1/3 innings. He last pitched June 1, when he was shut down with shoulder tendinitis.
Klein consulted with Yocum and Orioles team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens in mid-June, and the decision was made for him to rehabilitate the injury rather than have surgery. However, he recently tried to resume throwing and still felt pain and discomfort, leading him to reconsider.
He has a history of shoulder problems dating to his days at UCLA. He missed part of his freshman year and his entire sophomore season with a shoulder injury that required exploratory surgery in 2009.
Klein was used at the Bruins' closer for the 2010 season, but the Orioles drafted him with the hopes of making him a starter. However, they were using him in relief in his first full pro season because they wanted to limit his innings and appearances.