Patton out for season

The worst case scenario came to frutition with Troy Patton today.

The O’s announced that Patton would go season-ending shoulder surgery, from the big club site.

Andy MacPhail’s take on it:

“He’s given me the old good news/bad news scenario,” he said. “The bad news is he thinks he has to have the shoulder taken care of. The good news is he liked what he saw when he went in there, by and large, and he’s very optimistic that he can have a full recovery and be ready by ’09. Looking at the whole picture, that’s what I anticipated.

“If we can get him back to full strength by ’09, that’s fine by what I was hoping to accomplish.”

Coming back from a labrum tear isn’t going to be easy, but Patton’s only 22. With surgery and some rehab, maybe he can come back and be a productive major league pitcher. There’s no certainities that he come back and be productive after this surgery. This surgery isn’t as common as a Tommy John.

The beauty of a five for one trade, is that when you trade one player and get five back, you can take risks. If Patton doesn’t come back strong after this surgery, there’s still four players who could contribute. Luke Scott will at worst be an average outfielder with a good bat. Matt Albers is vying for the fifth spot in the rotation. Dennis Sarfate has Dave Trembley’s endorsement and will be with the club this season most likely in the bullpen. Mike Constanzo has had a nice spring, but sadly will probably be in Norfolk to start the season.

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