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Sirotka May Be Out for Season

February 10, 2001|From Staff and Wire Reports

Mike Sirotka, traded to the Toronto Blue Jays by the Chicago White Sox last month in a deal for David Wells, has a torn labrum in his pitching shoulder and could sit out the entire season.

Sirotka will be examined Tuesday by Dr. James Andrews before a final decision is made on how to repair the labrum, the edge of a structure in the shoulder joint.

The Blue Jays acquired the left-handed Sirotka on Jan. 14 as part of a six-player deal. While it is unlikely the trade would be rescinded, the Blue Jays could try to seek something else from the White Sox.

"Clearly some compensation is in order," Toronto General Manager Gord Ash said. "This tear is categorically old."

But Chicago General Manager Ken Williams said the White Sox honored their obligation and made any and all information they had about Sirotka available to the Blue Jays.

"Both sides have assumed a certain amount of risk in making this trade," Williams said in a statement. "Ideally, both teams are satisfied by a trade. Obviously, pending Tuesday's exam, Toronto has expressed concern.

"However, unless we are advised otherwise by the commissioner's office, we have no reason to believe that this trade is anything but a completed deal."

White Sox doctors examined Sirotka in January and found inflammation in the shoulder, Williams said. But the problem didn't appear to be anything out of the ordinary; Sirotka has had to be shut down the past two springs.

Still, Williams said he advised the Blue Jays that Sirotka was having some shoulder stiffness. He was examined Jan. 19 in Florida by Blue Jays' consulting physician Steve Mirabello, who found a tight capsule in the shoulder but no instability.

An MRI confirmed the diagnosis, and Mirabello recommended stretching and rehab. The Blue Jays had expected Sirotka to be ready for opening day.

But when Sirotka visited Toronto this week and said it wasn't any better, he was examined by Dr. Tony Miniaci. An MRI taken at a different angle showed a complete tear of the labrum.

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