Why does this always happen to the Reds?
The season has ended prematurely for the player selected by the Reds as their top minor-leaguer last year.
Pitcher Richie Gardner, who made 13 starts for Double-A Chattanooga this season, underwent arthroscopic surgery Thursday to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder.
“It was similar to, maybe a little more extensive than what Luke Hudson had (in 2003),” said Reds medical director Dr. Timothy Kremchek, who performed the surgery at Beacon Orthopaedic Center. “He had a cyst inside his shoulder. We tried to treat him non-operatively, but he just couldn’t get over the hump.”
Gardner soon will travel to Sarasota, Fla., to begin his rehabilitation at the Reds complex there and is expected to be throwing again in time for minor-league spring training.
A sixth-round draft pick in 2003, Gardner was rated by Baseball America as the third-best Reds prospect entering this season.
Very disappointing. But there’s a reason that Baseball Prospectus says TNSTAAPP.