Mets Reliever Kelvim Escobar Will Have Season-Ending Shoulder Surgery

Keith BennettCorrespondent IMay 4, 2010

ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 24:  Kelvim Escobar #45 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angels Stadium on July 24, 2007 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
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After pitching in Venezuela over the winter, Escobar arrived in Port St. Lucie with "weakness" in his shoulder and was relegated to playing catch.

Escobar then spent most of the 2008-2009 seasons sidelined by shoulder problems. General manager Omar Minaya signed Escobar to a contract worth $1.25 million last winter with the idea the right-hander could claim the eight-inning setup role.

But that plan was in trouble almost from the first day of camp.

Now Escobar will have surgery tomorrow to repair a torn capsule in the front of his right shoulder. It's an injury similar to the one that cost Dolphins quarterback Chad Pennington most of the 2009 season.

Escobar's season could be in real jeopardy.