Seay considers rotator cuff surgery

Seay considers rotator cuff surgery

DETROIT -- Tigers reliever Bobby Seay continues to gather opinions on his torn rotator cuff as he ponders a possible reconstructive surgery that could keep him out for at least a year.

Seay visited with noted orthopedic specialist Dr. Lewis Yocum on Monday in California. He also was examined earlier this month by Dr. Craig Morgan.

Seay stopped his throwing program last month after pain in his shoulder returned while playing catch from a distance. He had been trying to rehab his injured shoulder without surgery, with hopes of pitching at some point this year. That timetable has now been all but eliminated as Seay weighs whether and how to move forward with surgery.

As doctors told Seay upon diagnosing his injury last month, though, there's no guarantee that surgery would allow him to come back and pitch at the same level he did when he was healthy. It's one of the less certain procedures a pitcher can undergo, which is why so many try to exhaust their rehab options first and only choose surgery as a last resort.

A 12-month timetable for recovery would take Seay to around the midway point of next season. He's eligible for free agency this winter.