3/18 Guzman to have surgery Tuesday

Angel Guzman says he’ll have surgery on his right shoulder. Guzman met with Dr. James Andrews, who has done the elbow and shoulder procedures on the pitcher. Guzman has a torn ligament in his shoulder, near his armpit, which was revealed in an MRI March 5.

“[Andrews] said, ‘Angel, listen, this happened because it’s the same problem that you had last year,'” Guzman said Thursday. “[He said], ‘You stopped throwing in September. You rehab for 4 1/2 months and you start throwing again and it comes back. It makes no sense to rehab again. The only way is to get the surgery done.'”

The other alternative to surgery was to take a conservative approach and rehab for four to six weeks. Lou Piniella said Guzman will have surgery on Tuesday. Guzman, 28, who was shutdown last September because of discomfort in his shoulder, did not throw off the mound this spring.

There’s no timetable for his return.

“I don’t know how long it’s going to take,” Guzman said. “At least [Andrews] gave me hope. He said a lot of pitchers have had that surgery done before and have come back good.”

— Carrie Muskat

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