Dr. James Andrews to operate on Tampa Bay outfielder

May 31, 2012

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Brandon Guyer, an outfielder for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, will miss the rest of the 2012 baseball season after tearing the labrum on his left shoulder, as reported by Tampa Bay Online. His condition is now under the care of Dr. James Andrews, one of the best orthopaedic surgeons in the field of sports medicine.

The labrum is a soft fibrous tissue rim that lines the shoulder blade socket, allowing the head of the upper arm bone to fit properly in the joint, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. This tissue may tear as the result of a blow to the shoulder, a sudden pull or a fall broken by an outstretched arm.

Symptoms of a tear may include pain, instability, decreased range of motion or loss of strength.

Guyer tore the labrum in his non-throwing arm during batting practice on May 13.

"When it happened, we just didn't know, it was one of those things," Devil Rays manager Joe Maddon told the news source. "You talked to him about it and it was never a strong feeling one way or the other. [So] let's get more opinions, and then finally it's gotten to this point."

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