Angel Guzman to Undergo Season-Ending Surgery

Posted on 21 March 2010 by Lou

Dr. James will perform season-ending surgery on Angel Guzman this week to repair a severely torn ligament in his right shoulder.  Andrews has already performed elbow and shoulder surgeries on Guzman during his injury-plagued MLB career. Guzman’s 2009 season was curtailed last September because of soreness in his right throwing shoulder.  He had hoped that 4+ months of rehab to rebuild the area would allow him to pitch in 2010 without having to undergo surgery.  But right from the start, Guzman experienced pain this spring and he realized surgery was his only option.  Pitchers have returned from this type of surgery before, but given Guzman’s history, who knows how effective he will be upon his return or how long he will be able to keep it up.

This is unfortunate for the Cubs and Guzman.  Guzman had appeared to turn things around during the 2009 MLB season.  He made a career high 55 appearances in relief for the Cubs.  He went 3-3 with a 2.95 ERA and 1.05 WHIP in 61 innings pitched. He racked up 47 strikeouts and he was one of the Cubs most dependable pitchers notching 15 holds.  Now it is back to the drawing board for Guzman and his absence will surely be missed as the Cubs will be forced to rely upon even more youngsters to fill up bullpen spots…

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