ST. PETERSBURG — Rays reliever J.P. Feyereisen is expected to miss most of the upcoming season after undergoing surgery Wednesday to address discomfort in his right shoulder.
The procedure, performed by Dr. Keith Meister in Dallas, was to do “a general cleanup” of Feyereisen’s labrum and rotator cuff, the team said.
The plan is for Feyereisen, 29, to resume throwing in four months, with roughly another four months likely needed to work through a throwing program and rehab assignment. A best-case target for a return to big-league games would be late August.
Feyereisen, 29, was limited to 22 games last season, pitching last on June 2 due to what was initially diagnosed as an impingement in the shoulder, then later referred to as a bone bruise. He was placed on a program of rest and rehab, and at one point was targeting a September return but the discomfort came back. After receiving an injection of Vitti-Pure (which utilizes umbilical cord tissue as an alternative to PRP) was shut down for the season.
When on the mound, Feyereisen was extremely effective, giving up only one unearned run over 24 1/3 innings, and allowing only seven hits (all singles) and five walks while facing 86 batters. Those innings were the most by any big-league pitcher without an earned run since it became an official stat in 1913.
The Rays said the surgery was the result of Feyereisen experiencing “a return” of the discomfort while playing catch earlier this week.
The Rays already were planning to be without Andrew Kittredge, another high-leverage right-handed reliever, until after the All-Star break; he underwent Tommy John elbow surgery June 22.
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