Moylan was encouraged when noted surgeon Dr. James Andrews said that he would likely only need six months of rehab after undergoing a surgical procedure that will clean the tears he has in his labrum and rotator cuff.
There is seemingly a chance Moylan could return during the first couple of months of the 2012 season.
This was the latest of many setbacks experienced by Moylan. The Australian reliever missed most of this season recovery from back surgery he underwent in May. He returned at the beginning of this month and had made just six appearances before learning he would need the shoulder surgery.
Moylan also missed almost all of the 2008 season recovering from Tommy John surgery. He returned in '09 and made a franchise-record 87 appearances. His workload was slightly reduced to 85 appearances in '10.
"It is what it is," Moylan said. "I couldn't have avoided it. [It's rough], but it just means my offseason will be spent rehabbing instead of relaxing. It's not going to change anything. I'm still going to be ready to go by the end of spring.
"When you hear shoulder, you fear the worst. But I am certainly more excited about this than I was when I first got into this."