Gorgen, our 2008 Cardinals Minor League Rookie Starter of the Year and 26th-ranked prospect in the Cardinals system, will explain the story in his own words in the attached audio clip, but suffice it to say that until his shoulder was opened up, doctors were unsure as to the nature of the damage.
Fortunately for all involved, the news is good. Instead of a possible labrum tear that would have sidelined him the entire 2009 season, all that was required was repair of a nerve problem that is not expected to be an ongoing concern, according to the pitcher.
The right-hander expects to be back throwing in four to six weeks and back on the mound and ready to go in eight. While he acknowledges this is a minor setback for the start of his first full professional season in 2009, Gorgen seems relieved to have dodged a major bullet.
In the following conversation, we discuss his 2008 debut, his off-season prior to the nerve problem, the surgery process and his hopes for 2009.
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