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Report: Nats' Lawrence tears cuff, could miss season

While undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder, Washington Nationals pitcher Brian Lawrence was diagnosed with a torn rotator cuff that will likely sideline the right-hander for the entire season, The Washington Post reported.

The tears are 'extensive' according to a team official, but the Nats hope Lawrence can return to the active roster in four to eight months.

"Injuries have never been an issue with me," Lawrence said Saturday.
"I never felt any pain until the first day I showed up here."

Lawrence started throwing the day before workouts officially began. He said he felt good, but something went wrong after his first bullpen session.

"I threw and it was hurting. I actually felt decent, but then
the next day it wasn't there," he said.

The Nationals acquired Lawrence from the San Diego Padres for third baseman Vinny Castilla at the end of last season. Lawrence went 7-15 with a 4.83 ERA in 33 starts for the Padres in 2005. He struck out 109 batters and walked 57 in 195 2/3 innings.

The 29-year-old right-hander is 49-61 with a 4.10 ERA in his five-year major league career.

Livan Hernandez and John Patterson have locked up starting spots. Tony Armas Jr. and Lawrence were battling with Ramon Ortiz, Ryan Drese and Jon Rauch for the three remaining spots.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.