Mark Rogers missed all of last season following shoulder surgery. The Brewers righthander is now going to miss all of the 2008 season as well after having another surgery on his shoulder to remove scar tissue, according to BA correspondent Tom Haudricourt.
"The pain and discomfort would not go away," (Brewers assistant general manager Gord) Ash said. "From a development point of view, it puts him well behind.
"They don’t seem to think it is (career-threatening). But, until he starts throwing again, you don’t really know."
The Brewers selected Rogers with the fifth overall pick in the 2004 draft. Rogers struck out 109 batters in 98 2/3 innings for low Class A West Virginia in his first full season in 2005, but he also struggled with his control, walking 70 and putting up a 5.11 ERA. Rogers had similar numbers the following season with high Class A Brevard County, posting a 5.07 ERA in 71 innings with a 96-53 K-BB ratio.
Rogers, 22, still tantalized with his athleticism, his mid- to high-90s fastball and hard 12-to-6 curveball, but his mechanics also led him to throw across his body, possibly putting excess stress on his shoulder. Rogers had surgery in January, 2007 to tighten a ligament and repair some fraying in his shoulder. He ranked as the No. 12 prospect in the Brewers organization entering the season.