Dodgers News: Blake Treinen Underwent Right Shoulder Surgery

The Los Angeles Dodgers announced Blake Treinen underwent right shoulder surgery to repair his labrum and rotator cuff. The procedure was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache, and a timetable for Treinen’s return was not provided.

Given the nature of the operation, it’s plausible — if not likely — Treinen will miss the entire 2023 season. He was limited to just five games this year because of a tear in the capsule of his throwing shoulder.

When sharing details of the injury shortly after returning from the 60-day injured list, Treinen revealed Dr. ElAttrache recommended season-ending surgery in April.

“My wife and I just felt the need to seek God and prayer, and see what his hand is in the recovery process,” Treinen added.

“Had some good friends of the family out in Colorado give us some insight of sometimes you’ve got to ask God how he wants to heal you, versus just being praying for something miraculous. Then went back and that’s when we had our conversations with Andrew (Friedman), and very grateful they were willing to see a benefit in both ways. So we agreed to do the rehab process.”

Treinen appeared in just two games during the final month of the season before going back on the 15-day IL. The shoulder injury prevented him from pitching again until the National League Division Series.

Now facing another season in which Treinen will be limited or completely unavailable, the Dodgers likely will look to bolster their bullpen in free agency or through a potential trade.

Tommy Kahnle and Chris Martin are Dodgers free agents who presumably the team has interest in re-signing.

Blake Treinen contract details

As Treinen was facing uncertainty with his future because of the right shoulder injury, the Dodgers signed him to a contract extension that includes a team option for 2024.

Prior to that point, the Dodgers held an $8 million team option and $1.5 million buyout on Treinen for 2023. Treinen’s new contract played a pivotal part in the 34-year-old bypassing shoulder surgery earlier this year because of information gleaned from a physical.

“Come to find out the scarring had already happened. That gave me the miracle I needed. God had healed me over and given me some scarring in my capsule,” Treinen recalled. “I think it was to the surprise of people around that it happened so soon. So just confirmation that his hand was on it.

“From that point on, very blessed to have the guys that we have in here, organizationally, to get me stronger, keep my mind in the right place and challenging me to push through some stuff. Mark (Prior) has gone through some similar injuries in his career, and he was a huge help with me when it comes to trusting certain parts of the process.”

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