When Danny Hultzen experienced arm pain, all involved knew the end result would be bad. It was just a matter of how bad.
Miss the entire 2014 season, bad, to be exact.
Hultzen, the second overall pick in the 2011 MLB Draft recently underwent surgery for a torn rotator cuff and will miss the entire season, this according to the Mariners:
General manager Jack Zduriencik says the 2011 first-round Draft pick, who is the club’s No. 2 prospect, according to MLB.com, will miss the entire 2014 season as he continues rehabbing from rotator cuff surgery that he had five weeks ago. Shoulder surgeries are particularly tough for pitchers, and Hultzen is just beginning the recovery process while working out at the team’s facility in Arizona.
When Hultzen underwent surgery, there was a small glimmer of hope that he would be able to return before season end but those hopeful wishes have apparently been dashed.
It was expected that Hultzen would likely make the team out of Spring Training, but if not, would have joined the club at some point in the very near future.