December 9, 2022

Dodgers reliever Blake Treinen undergoes surgery to repair shoulder – Orange County Register

Reliever Blake Treinen has indeed undergone shoulder surgery that will likely sideline him for the entire 2023 season.

The Dodgers officially announced Treinen’s surgery on Friday. Earlier in the week, general manager Brandon Gomes acknowledged the team spoke to Treinen post-season about his medical options to address shoulder issues that limited him to five innings pitched in the 2022 season.

The surgery involved repairs to both the rotator cuff and the labrum of Treinen’s shoulder. The Dodgers offered no recovery schedule, but it’s expected to take up to a year, making Treinen unavailable for the 2023 season.

Treinen was sidelined for most of the 2022 season with what he eventually revealed was a tear in the capsule of his right shoulder. The 34-year-old reliever said Dr. Neal ElAttrache recommended surgery to repair the tear early in the season, but Treinen opted for treatment centered around an injection of platelet-rich plasma.

The capsule tear healed enough for Treinen to return and pitch for the Dodgers in September. He only made two appearances, but was on the Dodgers’ playoff roster and made an appearance in the NL Division Series loss to the San Diego Padres.

But Treinen suffered pain due to damage to his rotator cuff and labrum in addition to the torn capsule.

All-Star with the Oakland A’s in 2018, Treinen signed with the Dodgers after a year of decline in 2019. He was the Dodgers’ most valuable reliever in 2020 and 2021, posting a 2.48 ERA and a WHIP of 1.04 out of 99 appearances during those seasons.

While recovering from the torn shoulder capsule last May, the Dodgers signed Treinen to a contract extension that essentially replaced the club option he had for 2023. Instead, his salary $8 million is guaranteed next season.