Orenduff To Undergo Surgery

One of the top Dodger pitching prospects will be out indefinitely with the news that righthander Justin Orenduff is to have exploritory surgery on his shoulder. Orenduff has been experiencing pain but an MRI failed to reveal the site of the problem.

"We believe there's a knot in there that's doing it," reported Marty Reed, the organizational pitching coordinator. "The decision was made to go in to see if we can locate what's wrong and correct it. Hopefully, he won't be out too long."

Orenduff has a 4-2, 3.40 record for Jacksonville.

Another righthander, Jimmy Gilbert, who finally made his initial appearance in a Gulf Coast game a year after elbow surgery, had some pain after throwing two innings and has been backed off. He'll rehab for a couple of weeks before attempting the mound again.

And lefthander Ryan Ketcher, who, it was hoped, would be returning to action in June, has also experienced a couple of mild setbacks so his return has been delayed as well. It's hoped that he'll be able to have some bullpen sessions shortly.

Righthander Javy Guerra is slated to pitch a simulated game this coming weekend. If all goes well, he could be pitching for the Gulf Coast squad shortly.

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