Reliever Matt Gorgen came into big league camp as a non-roster invitee who had an 11-4 record, 54 saves, and a 1.45 ERA on his resume. A strong spring would have given him a realistic shot of breaking camp in the majors, and at the very least he would have been one of the first relievers called upon for mid-season help. Unfortunately, this injury will set the 24-year old back at least a year.
"Obviously this is not how I wanted to start my career here," said Gorgen. "It's one of those things that happens, and you've got to deal with it and move on."
Gorgen didn't feel quite right during a 19-pitch eighth inning against the Seattle Mariners, his first and only outing of the spring.
"I didn't have my control, I didn't really have a feel for pitches, and just really tightened up afterwards," Gorgen explained, although he did strike out three batters in that inning of work.
Gorgen will undergo the surgery within the next week and hopes to be back pitching full-strength again next spring.
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