Patton Done For The Year

New Orioles lefthander Troy Patton will miss the 2008 season to have surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder, according to Baseball America correspondent Roch Kubatko.

"It’s kind of disappointing to miss the season, but I’m kind of anxious to get it over with and hopefully feel better and pitch better next season, have a little bit more velocity than I’ve been pitching with and I’m looking forward to feeling good throwing a baseball," he said.

Patton, who has had shoulder problems the last three seasons, had to shut down a bullpen session earlier this spring after just 10 pitches due to feeling tightness in his shoulder. Patton ranks third among prospects in the Orioles’ system after being acquired this off-season in the trade that sent Miguel Tejada to the Astros.