Gorgen Dodges a Bullet

St. Louis Cardinals pitching prospect Scott Gorgen went into surgery for his shoulder this past Monday not knowing if he would be out for eight weeks or the entire 2009 season. Fortunately, the news is good.

Recently, I became aware of the news that St. Louis Cardinals' fourth-round draft pick from 2008, Scott Gorgen, had to undergo shoulder surgery. Not knowing the details, I contacted the 22-year-old Californian. He was kind enough to get back to me after recovering from Monday's procedure.

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.


Brian Walton can be reached via email at brian@thecardinalnation.com.

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