Gregg Zaun Out For The Season With Labrum Tear In His Shoulder

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Shoulder Surgery Knocks Gregg Zaun Out For The Season

What was originally a shoulder strain was later diagnosed as a torn labrum. Torn labrums are bad. Torn labrums need surgery. And Zaun is going to get it.

Brewers catcher Gregg Zaun to have season ending shoulder surgery on Tuesday.

The ageless Zaun should be able to make a full recovery, although this will do a number on his marketability come the offseason when he'll again likely be a free agent. For the Brewers, while George Kottaras has just nine hits in his last 49 at bats, he has an .848 OPS on the season, bolstered by a good amount of power and an impressive 26 walks in just 115 trips to the plate.

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Gregg Zaun Lands On The DL With Right Shoulder Strain

Gregg Zaun is 39 years old, but if you have trouble believing it, you're not alone. Not only has he maintained his ability to hit year after year, but the veteran catcher continues to get the lion's share of playing time wherever he goes. With the Brewers so far in 2010, Zaun has caught 28 of 41 games while OPS'ing .743. It's unfortunate, then, that the team will have to get by without him for a couple of weeks, as he's gone and strained his shoulder:

What's expected to be a busy Friday of Brewers roster moves began with the team officially placing catcher Gregg Zaun on the 15-day disabled list and selecting the contract of catcher Jonathan Lucroy from Triple-A Nashville to take his place.

Zaun originally injured his shoulder in a home plate collision in the middle of April, but mostly recovered before re-aggravating the injury on Thursday by swinging the bat.

The good news for Milwaukee is that Zaun's backup - George Kottaras - has slugged .585 while drawing and impossible 17 walks over just 60 trips to the plate. The 27 year old former hot prospect should be able to handle the job for the time being. Lucroy, meanwhile, comes up from AAA having only recently been promoted there from AA Huntsville. He'll fill Kottaras' role, while Kottaras will fill Zaun's.

You can find more at Brew Crew Ball.

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