Dallas Braden's Shoulder Inflamed, No Structural Damage

Good news from Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle regarding Oakland Athletics pitcher Dallas Braden:

No structural damage to Braden's shoulder. Rest and rehab for inflammation.

This is probably the best-case scenario following what was initially feared, especially by those who happened to catch Braden's tweet on his condition:

Is there a salvation army store for left shoulders? how can i pass out for the next 15 days and wake up feeling normal? fetal positon,crying

Yikes. Braden was pulled from his start on Saturday against the Detroit Tigers after only five innings. He was 1-1 over the first three games of the season, with a 3.00 ERA in 18 innings, 15 strikeouts and five walks. The A's are relying on their young starters, including Braden, as they make a run at a division title.

Tyson Ross will take Braden's spot in the rotation, beginning Friday night. Ross has started only two games in his major league career, but he pitched almost exclusively as a starter in the minors and did reasonably well in that role.

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