Klein, Hobgood Brothers In Arm Surgeries For Orioles





BALTIMORE—Matt Hobgood and Dan Klein have more in common than just being pitchers drafted by the Orioles. They've also had the same shoulder surgery.

Dr. Craig Morgan has performed something called a "rotator interval closure procedure" on both pitchers, making them brothers in arms. Hobgood had surgery on April 2 in Wilmington, Del., and Klein did the same on April 16. The surgery tightens the area around the shoulder capsule.

Hobgood and Klein will miss the entire 2012 season, which is disappointing to an organization that invested first- and third-round picks in them.

It's Klein's third shoulder surgery since 2009, when he had an arthroscopic procedure and took a redshirt year at UCLA. He notched a 37-6 K-BB ratio in 32 innings at high Class A Frederick and Double-A Bowie last season. The Orioles were on the verge of promoting him to Triple-A Norfolk when they shut him down with shoulder tendinitis.

Klein had minor shoulder surgery in August, and played catch at the minor league complex in Sarasota this spring, but his shoulder didn't respond to extended distances and increases in velocity.

Hobgood, the fifth overall pick in the 2009 draft, is 4-15, 5.48 in 158 career minor league innings. He was limited to 13 games last season between the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League and short-season Aberdeen.

Hobgood told MASNsports.com that he's dealt with shoulder soreness since 2009.
"The goal is to be ready by next March, and (Morgan) said that is very reasonable," Hobgood said. "I feel now there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I am fortunate that it is not major surgery.

"I'll lose this season, which is rough—I've already lost three in my opinion—but I'm excited that I will be able to come in next spring and show people the reason I got drafted, which I haven't been able to do the last three years."

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• Righthander Dylan Bundy, the fourth overall pick in last June's draft, began his professional career at low Class A Delmarva by retiring 27 of the 28 batters he faced over three starts, throwing nine scoreless innings without allowing a hit.

• Gabriel Lino, an 18-year-old catcher, batted .370/.434/.609 through his first 12 games for Delmarva.