Tigers' Shane Greene to undergo surgery, season over

Chris McCosky
The Detroit News

Detroit — Tigers right-hander Shane Greene will undergo surgery Thursday morning at Baylor University Hospital to repair a pseudoaneurysm is his right shoulder.

Shane Greene

His season is over, but head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said he expects Greene will be ready to go by spring training.

"He will be cleared to begin activity at 10 days to two weeks — with stretching and some strengthening," Rand said. "Then he will be cleared to resume throwing in two months. So he should be ready for spring training."

The surgery will be performed by Dr. Greg Pearl. The pseudoaneurysm, Rand said, is in the circumflex artery in the shoulder. It was causing Greene to lose feeling in his middle finger and index finger.

"What it was doing is, the artery was trying to clot," Rand said. "As the muscles contracted, it forced the clot down into the hand, which was why he had the issues in his fingers."

Greene, who began the season as the Tigers' fifth starter, was 4-8 with a 6.88 ERA and 1.554 WHIP — that after allowing one earned run in his first three starts.

"I can't say if (the injury) did or didn't play a part in that," manager Brad Ausmus said. "But it makes me think there might be a correlation between the two."

Rand has dealt with vascular injuries before (Jeremy Bonderman, Kenny Rodgers), but never one like this.

"I've never had anybody have it reappear -- haven't had anybody have a pseudoaneurysm in the circumflex artery," he said. "We've had a couple of thoracic outlet syndromes over the years, but this is not that."

Sanchez healing

Rand also said the right-hander Anibal Sanchez, who is on the DL with rotator cuff soreness, will be resuming his throwing regimen soon.

"Sanchez right now is undergoing physical therapy," Rand said. "He's scheduled to throw once we get to Kansas City. That's where we stand at this time."

The Tigers start a three-game series in Kansas City Tuesday.

Sanchez when on the 15-day DL last Wednesday.

Around the horn

Left-hander Kyle Lobstein made his fifth and best rehab start Tuesday night allowing one run and five hits in five innings in Toledo. Ausmus said Lobstein will make one more rehab start. It will be decided after that whether to include him among the September call-ups.

…Left-handed starter Daniel Norris is still not ready to resume throwing. He is out with an oblique strain. More than likely, he will not pitch again for the Tigers this season.

…Trenton and Eastern Michigan product Matt Shoemaker will be recalled from Triple A Salt Lake and start for the Angels Thursday. Shoemaker's last big league start was Aug. 15. He was sent down after allowing 13 runs in 7⅓ innings over two starts.

…Catcher Bryan Holaday, who had been out with a thumb injury at Toledo, was activated by the Mud Hens Wednesday. He is expected to be among the Tigers' September call-ups.

…The Tigers held a team meeting prior to the game Wednesday. Ausmus would not say what the meeting was about.



Angels at Tigers

First pitch: 1:08 Thursday, Comerica Park, Detroit

TV/radio: FSD/97.1

Scouting report

RHP Matt Shoemaker (5-9, 4.76), Angels: The Trenton and Eastern Michigan product will be making his first start since Aug. 15. He was sent to Triple A after he allowed 13 runs in 7⅓ innings over two starts. He made one start at Salt Lake and didn't allow an earned run in six innings.

LHP Randy Wolf (0-1, 3.86), Tigers: But for one stretch of five batters, the 39-year-old pitched a superb game in his Tigers debut. Five straight singles led to the four runs (three earned) he allowed to the Rangers. He struck out five and allowed one hit after the third inning.