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Geoff Baker covers the Mariners for The Seattle Times. He provides daily coverage of the team throughout spring training, and during the season.

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April 23, 2008 3:29 PM

Morse undergoes surgery

Posted by Larry Stone

Some tough news for Mike Morse, who underwent surgery yesterday for a torn labrum in his left shoulder that will almost certainly end his season. According to the Mariners, he will require a six-month rehabilitation schedule prior to his return to full activity. He should be able to start swinging a bat in approximately four months.

This injury didn't seem nearly this serious when Morse hurt himself on April 13 against the Angels, landing awkwardly on his left shoulder diving for a ball in right. I remember asking him after the game if he expected to go on the disabled list. "Nah, I don't think so,'' he replied.

But an MRI revealed he had dislocated his shoulder, and a torn labrum was also discovered. The surgery was performed by Dr. Edward Khalfayan, the Mariners medical director, at the Seattle Surgery Center. The surgery "went well," according to Khalfayan in a team-issued press release.

I feel badly for Morse, a good guy who was very excited to make the team out of spring training after a great spring. I hope he is able to resume his career next year.

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