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Pitcher Undergoes Shoulder Surgery

March 20, 2001

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) _ Right-hander Seth Etherton will be out for 4-to-6 months following arthroscopic surgery Tuesday to remove bone spurs from his shoulder and repair a torn labrum.

Etherton, 24, came to the Reds in a Dec. 10 trade that sent infielder Wilmy Caceres to the Anaheim Angels. He was one of several candidates for the starting rotation, but weakness in his right shoulder sidelined him early in spring training.

He appeared in only two games, faced 10 batters and gave up five hits, an indication something was wrong.

Dr. Timothy Kremchek performed the surgery in Cincinnati. Etherton planned to return to Sarasota on Wednesday to start rehabilitation.

Etherton went 5-1 with a 5.52 ERA in 11 starts as a rookie last year until tendinitis in his right shoulder forced him to finish the season on the disabled list.

Reds general manager Jim Bowden said he had no qualms about making the trade for Etherton, even if he had shoulder problems. Bowden compared Etherton to closer Danny Graves, who underwent shoulder surgery about two months after he came to the Reds in the July 1997 trade that sent starter John Smiley to Cleveland.

``Graves was probably hurt when we got him; Etherton was probably hurt when we got him,″ Bowden said. ``But hopefully, Etherton will make the same type of comeback that Danny did.″

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