JUST IN from @LaVelleNeal: Surgery reveals Glen Perkins needed labrum reattached to bone https://t.co/HZgXrCu04Y pic.twitter.com/YxEkigaDCD— Star Tribune Sports (@StribSports) June 24, 2016
I can't recall hearing before of a specific pitcher whose labrum had to be reattached, but it probably has happened before.
Neal says this likely stretches out the timeline for Perkins' return. My expectations were already so low that I'm not sure this dampens them. Shoulder surgeries of whatever ilk -- labrum, rotator cuff -- have a pretty poor track record. I can think of a few relievers who have had them and eventually recovered their form (Jesse Crain and Grant Balfour being two, although Balfour also had Tommy John at the same time), but they are the minority.
That the damage found once the joint was opened is worse is doubtless a blow to Perkins' hopes. It also, I dare say, illustrates the basic foolishness of hiding injuries.