Pirates Learn Kevin Hart Has Torn Labrum

This isn't good. Labrum tears are awful, awful injuries for pitchers. Last year the Pirates acquired Hart with Jose Ascanio and Josh Harrison from the Cubs for John Grabow and Tom Gorzelanny; Ascanio went down with serious shoulder issues almost immediately, and now Hart is down too. (Harrison, mercifully, is hitting very well for Altoona.) This probably explains Hart's terrible play in Spring Training, which I suppose is good news. The bad news is that torn labrums can wreck a pitcher's career. There are some pitchers who've come back from them--Gil Meche and Jon Rauch have had good major league careers after having labrum surgery. And Chris Carpenter missed 2003 with a torn labrum, then had a Hall-of-Fame-quality peak. But prospects are still bleak.

Hart is scheduled to see Dr. James Andrews, and it's still possible at this stage that Andrews will suggest something other than surgery. When Josh Beckett was 19, a doctor told him he'd have to have labrum surgery. Beckett went to Andrews for a second opinion and Andrews said surgery wasn't necessary, and Beckett has gone on to have a good major league career. So let's hope that's what happens in this case.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Bucs Dugout

You must be a member of Bucs Dugout to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bucs Dugout. You should read them.

Join Bucs Dugout

You must be a member of Bucs Dugout to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bucs Dugout. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker