Jon Garland's season over?
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- There is a high likelihood that Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Jon Garland, the veteran right-hander the team signed as a free agent last winter largely because he hadn't been on the disabled list in more than a decade, is done for the season, a well-placed source said on the condition of anonymity.
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Garland, who has been on the DL twice since the Dodgers signed him last winter to a one-year, $5 million contract with an $8 million club option for 2012, has been sidelined for the past month with what officially is being termed right-shoulder inflammation. But he was scheduled to see Los Angeles Angels team physician Dr. Lewis Yocum on Saturday to get a second opinion -- the first opinion had been rendered by Dodgers team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache -- to determine whether he needs season-ending surgery.
Even if Garland doesn't opt for the surgery, though, there is little chance he will return, according to the source, although Dodgers medical-services director Stan Conte wasn't willing to confirm that prognosis.
"Jon has a complicated shoulder, and we are trying to figure out the best thing to do for him both long-term and short-term," Conte said, adding that he isn't sure exactly what type of surgery Garland will have if he does opt to have it.
Garland was shelved after experiencing pain in his shoulder in each of his final two starts on May 27 against Florida and June 1 against Colorado even though he pitched reasonably well in each of them. Since then, he has tried to throw a handful of times, with bad results each time. Garland said during the Dodgers' most recent homestand that he still intended to pitch sometime this season, but that was more than two weeks ago.
Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com.