Parise Heading for Surgery

Memphis Redbirds right-handed reliever Pete Parise to require shoulder procedure.

Right-handed reliever Pete Parise of the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds is heading for surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his shoulder. The 25-year-old native of the Bronx last pitched on June 18, when he uncharacteristically yielded four runs in an inning of work. Prior to that, Parise had been unscored upon in seven of his previous eight Pacific Coast League outings.

Contacted on Wednesday, Parise's agent Darren Heitner confirmed the plans. "It is definitely unfortunate, but we are hoping that Pete comes back even stronger at the start of next year," Heitner said.

Depending on the grade of the tear, the details of which have not been released at this time, the difficulty of Parise's return could vary considerably. For example, former Cardinals left-hander Mark Mulder was among those unable to regain full range of motion following his rotator cuff surgery in 2006, but veteran Pedro Martinez is on the shorter list who could return to a level of effectiveness.

Ironically, the Cardinals current opponent in Toronto is in the news as the Blue Jays announced on Tuesday that their pitcher Dustin McGowan will be requiring the same rotator cuff procedure. He has not pitched since 2008 due to labrum and knee surgeries.

Overall this season, the 6-foot-1, 180-pound Parise posted an 0-0 record with two saves and an 8.50 ERA. He walked seven and struck out an equal number of batters. Parise yielded five opposing home runs and an opponent batting average of .337 in his 17 innings of work.

On April 26, Parise was placed on the Redbirds' seven-day disabled list retroactive to April 22 due to shoulder soreness and remained out for a month - until May 23. He had been briefly closing prior to that, but returned in a set up role behind then-closer Fernando Salas, now with St. Louis.

In winter ball for Mayaguez in Puerto Rico, Parise pitched effectively, earning a spot on the 2010 Caribbean Series All-Tournament team. In six shutout innings for Team Puerto Rico, he struck seven while not allowing a walk.

Parise then scored an invitation to the Cardinals major league spring training camp as a non-roster invitee and lasted until the fourth set of cuts, on March 22. He allowed three earned runs in two innings for a small-sample size ERA of 13.50.

In 2009, Parise began with Springfield, then took over the closer's role with Triple-A Memphis after the trade of Jess Todd to Cleveland. He posted a 2-1 record, eight saves and a 4.17 ERA for the Redbirds and was named our top reliever on the club last season.

Parise originally joined the Cardinals organization when his contract was purchased from the Slippery Rock Sliders of the independent Frontier League on June 15, 2007. He pitched for Johnson City and Batavia his first season and split his time in 2008 between Quad Cities, where he closed, and Palm Beach.

Overall, in 211 2/3 innings over 141 career games, Parise is 13-8 with a 3.74 ERA and 25 saves.

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