October 8th, 2007
After Sheffield’s representative double-checked with doctors, the original timeline stands, that he should be ready for the start of next season. They’re not saying anything certain about spring training right now. He’ll almost surely be there when camp opens, but he might not be at 100 percent. They’ll have to wait and see how he progresses in his rehab before getting a better idea about that.
Sorry for the confusion.
Just got off the phone with Rufus Williams, Sheffield’s representative. He said that at this point, they’re anticipating Sheff should be ready to go for Spring Training. So if that remains the case, that’s probably the best scenario the Tigers could hope for out of a labrum tear.
Among the repairs were a debridement of the AC joint and a labral tear that was discovered once Dr. John Uribe looked inside the shoulder. That makes it a little bigger procedure than expected. A Tigers spokesperson said they anticipate he’ll be ready for the start of next season, which is different than the terminology used last week, when he was expected to be ready for the start of spring training.