San Diego Padres: Chris Young to Undergo Shoulder Surgery

Todd KaufmannSenior Writer IAugust 16, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 12:  Chris Young #32 of the San Diego Padres pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium April 12, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

A decision has finally been made on San Diego Padres' right hander Chris Young.  That decision is for the pitcher to undergo surgery on his injured right shoulder at Scripps Clinic in San Diego, which will take place this coming Monday.

The Padres were hoping that Young would be able to heal on his own, but after two unsuccessful side pitching sessions, the Padres shut him down and hoped that time off the mound would help the shoulder heal. 

When it didn't, the decision was easy for Young as he decided it was best to have the surgery and be 100 percent ready to go for Spring Training next year.

"It got to the point where I wasn't going to pitch again this season and I wanted to be 100 percent ready for next year," Young told MLB.com's Corey Bock.

"If I rested it, there was a chance it could heal on its own. But this is smarter to be more aggressive now and it let everything heal over the off-season."

This was a decision I think we all knew was coming and a decision, frankly, that should have been made about a month ago. Making the decision now means he "could" be ready for spring training but there's a good chance he may not be ready until mid-March.

With the Padres long out of the playoff race, I just don't know what the point of hoping Young would heal up on his own.  Why wouldn't you, especially after trading Jake Peavy and essentially making Young your new ace, make the ultimate decision to shut him down and make sure he's absolutely ready for the 2010 season?

The Padres just have to be hoping and praying that the decision to wait it out doesn't come back to haunt them.  There's no indication that Young won't be ready for spring training but it's all going to depend on how his off-season rehab goes and how quickly they can get the strength back in his shoulder.

With Young now as the new "staff ace" of the San Diego Padres, he will lead a very young rotation that will boast guys like Mat Latos, Clayton Richard, and Kevin Correia, not to mention Tim Stauffer who really hasn't pitched that poorly this season since being called up.

A decision is going to need to be made, by the Padres on who their fifth starter is going to be for the 2010 season or even if Kevin Correia is going to be back next season. 

Cesar Carrillo, Stauffer and Corriea are the biggest question marks for next season.  Carrillo was hammered in his major league debut against the Brewers; Stauffer has been inconsistent at best, though he hasn't been horrible this season; and Correia is only under a one-year contract with the team and may not be brought back.

So the question that has to be asked is, next to Young and Latos, who is going to round out the third, fourth, and fifth spots in the rotation for next season?  If that question can be answered and the team stays relatively healthy, this could be a team to watch.

Additional news and notes: According to Howard Fendrich of the Associated Press, the Washington Nationals confirmed offering a contract to Stephen Strasburg, the first overall pick in the 2009 Amateur Draft.

Only problem is, team president Stan Kasten told the AP that it's "a very real possibility," that a deal may not be reached between the team and the agent for Strasburg, Scott Boras.

Speaking of Scott Boras, the super agent also represents the Padres' first round pick Donovan Tate.  Corey Brock of MLB.com reports that the Padres could be close to a deal worth $6.5 million.

He also has in his blog that Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus heard that the deal was finished but there's been no confirmation from the Padres themselves.

Also, BurntOrangeBeat.com is reporting that Everett Williams will sign with the San Diego Padres prior to the signing deadline of Aug. 17. The deal is reportedly in the $900k range.

Not sure if this means anything at this point in the season, but young pitchers Cesar Carrillo, Mat Latos, and Tim Stauffer were each hit pretty hard in their last outings.  All three definitely need to limit how confident they are at such a young age.  Comes with maturity and time.


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