Patton, obtained in Tejada deal, opts for shoulder surgery

Updated: March 7, 2008, 11:49 AM ET
Associated Press

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Troy Patton will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery, delaying the left-hander's debut with the Baltimore Orioles until at least 2009.

Obtained in the December trade that sent Miguel Tejada to the Houston Astros, Patton arrived at spring training camp with a sore shoulder and never got to pitch in an exhibition game. He halted a side-session Sunday after 10 pitches, and an arthrogram in Baltimore on Wednesday revealed a torn labrum.

"We decided ...

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