Starting pitcher Eric Hurley has undergone surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff and likely won't pitch this season. Dr. Keith Meister performed the operation, which also included work to fix a frayed labrum. Hurley, a right-hander, is expected to begin a throwing program in three to four months.
The former top prospect, who made his major-league debut last season, felt discomfort while trying to prepare for 2009 and recover from a shoulder injury he suffered last season. Hurley went through a rehabilitation program that lasted through December, but discomfort lingered. He met with orthopedist Lewis Yocum earlier this week.
"We were hopeful that rehab would allow Eric to avoid surgery. Unfortunately, it didn't work out that way," general manager Jon Daniels said. "I thought he could have impacted our club this year, but with the proper program, that should be realistic for the following season."
-- Jeff Wilson