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Dallas Braden | Starting Pitcher

Team: Oakland Athletics
Age / DOB:  (34) / 8/13/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 185
Bats / Throws: Left / Left

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Dallas Braden has told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle that he will retire.
Braden is just 30 years old, but he's been unable to recover from multiple shoulder surgeries. He had been slated to throw for potentially interested teams at some point in January, but that obviously won't happen now. "There is nothing left in there, it’s just a shredded mess," Braden said. "I left my arm on the mound at the Coliseum, and I’m OK with that." Braden has a perfect game on his resume and retires with a career 4.16 ERA over parts of five seasons. Tue, Jan 14, 2014 06:46:00 PM

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Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Dallas Braden will host a showcase for interested teams at some point in January.

The 30-year-old southpaw is recovering from shoulder surgery. His injury woes have kept him out of major league action since April of 2011. While he had proven to be an effective starter before the injury, he'll likely have to settle for an incentive-laden minor league contract this winter.
Sat, Dec 14, 2013 10:40:00 AM

Dallas Braden (shoulder) threw a 25-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday and reported good control.

But his fastball was only mid-80s. Braden hasn't pitched in a major league game since April 2011 due to shoulder problems and will almost certainly have to settle for a minor league contract this winter. The left-hander threw the 19th perfect game in MLB history on May 9, 2010 against the Rays.
Thu, Nov 14, 2013 11:35:00 AM

Yahoo! Sports' Tim Brown reports that Dallas Braden (shoulder) intends to pitch in 2014 and will likely have a workout or two for interested teams this winter.

It's not clear at this point when those workouts would occur. Braden hasn't pitched since April of 2011 due to shoulder issues, but the 30-year-old isn't ready to give up on his career. He'll surely have to settle for a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.
Thu, Nov 7, 2013 06:10:00 PM

Dallas Braden has elected to become a free agent.

Braden was outrighted off the A's 40-man roster on Tuesday and refused an assignment to Triple-A Sacramento. The 29-year-old lefty has made only three starts since the opening of the 2011 season due to shoulder issues. He may have to settle for a minor league deal this winter. Oakland also cut ties on Tuesday evening with right-handed reliever Joey Devine.
Tue, Oct 30, 2012 04:54:00 PM

Dallas Braden is expected to be non-tendered this offseason.

Braden underwent surgery in late August to repair a torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder and is hoping to be 100 percent healthy by the All-Star break. Coming off a significant injury, he figures to be re-signed on a minor league contract.
Mon, Oct 29, 2012 02:56:00 PM

Dallas Braden (shoulder) is hoping to be 100 percent healthy by the All-Star break next season.

Braden underwent surgery in late August to repair a torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder -- an injury he suffered while rehabbing from a capsule procedure. The left-hander seems likely to be non-tendered by the A's this winter. He told reporters on Sunday evening that he would be open to returning on a minor league contract.
Mon, Sep 10, 2012 09:03:00 AM

Dallas Braden underwent surgery last week to repair a torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder.

Braden's rotator cuff was undamaged when he had capsule surgery last year, so the assumption is that the lefty hurt himself while rehabbing. It's pretty much the worst-case scenario, as Braden could now possibly miss all of next season, and it's certainly conceivable that he'll never be the same pitcher.
Mon, Aug 27, 2012 07:12:00 PM

Dallas Braden will undergo a second surgery on his left shoulder.

Tough news for Braden, who hasn't pitched at all this season following surgery to repair a torn capsule muscle last May. Athletics manager Bob Melvin described the second procedure as "exploratory," so it's not exactly clear what damage was found in the shoulder. However, one thing we can say with absolute certainty is that he will not pitch in 2012.
Tue, Aug 14, 2012 06:29:00 PM

Dallas Braden (shoulder, groin) has yet to resume baseball activities, and remains without a timetable.

Braden hasn't pitched since suffering a setback last month, with manager Bob Melvin saying only that he "remains bothered" by the injury. Given how little progress he's made, there's no guarantee Braden will return this season. His next step will involve being cleared to restart a throwing program.
Thu, Aug 9, 2012 12:20:00 PM

Dallas Braden (shoulder) had a bullpen session cut short Friday due to a left groin strain.

The A's haven't commented on how far this might set Braden back, but Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle says it "could jeopardize" the lefty's potential return in September. The good news is that Braden's surgically-repaired shoulder is fine, and with the A's in playoff contention, the odds that he would make any meaningful starts down the stretch probably were long, anyway.
Sun, Jul 29, 2012 10:15:00 AM

Dallas Braden (shoulder) threw a successful 20-pitch live batting practice session Friday in Arizona.

Braden's next step will involve being cleared for a rehab assignment. It sounds like his latest recovery is going as planned, and, barring a setback, he should be an option for the starting rotation in early September.
Sat, Jul 28, 2012 10:17:00 AM

Dallas Braden (shoulder) was scheduled to throw to hitters Friday in Arizona.

Assuming all goes well, it shouldn't be much longer before he goes out on a minor league rehab assignment. The southpaw is a possibility to join the A's in September. Braden has been out all season while rehabbing from shoulder capsule surgery.
Fri, Jul 27, 2012 05:17:00 PM

Dallas Braden (shoulder) tossed a successful 33-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday afternoon.

Braden will now head down to the A's spring training complex in Arizona to begin facing live hitters. He could be an option for the Oakland rotation in early September.
Tue, Jul 24, 2012 05:39:00 PM

Dallas Braden (shoulder) had another successful bullpen session Saturday.

Braden has altered his delivery a bit in order to relieve stress on his surgically-repaired left shoulder. The A's have the luxury of taking it slowly with Braden given how well their rotation has pitched. He probably won't be a candidate to start for them until September.
Sun, Jul 22, 2012 09:43:00 AM

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